My sister was the first one to call me about this as I took a nice, long walk from my apartment to Towson University (just a 45 minute walk). The exchange went something like
"Did you know Bennigan's is closing?"
Okay, I haven't eaten there in a few years, but it's one of those places that just sticks in your memory. I've had pre-movie dinners, post-shopping lunches, get-togethers with friends I've lost touch with. And yet, when I hear about Bennigan's filing for bankruptcy I'm not terribly phased by it.
Apparently, Bennigan's webmaster isn't terribly phased by it either since their website still up as normal. Much more upset is Time magazine blogger Matt Selman (of Nerd World), who even wrote a poem to expess his profound sorrow. A small excerpt:
Of course, if you want heart-attack-inducing food from a fake Irish restaurant, I'm not sure where you can find it now.
A tragic tale, an epic loss
This final Chapter, Eleven
Pray to a spicy, Buffalo cross
There's a Bennigan's in Heaven
UPDATE: I just found out that Steak & Ale, where I have never eaten, is also shuttering its restaurants. Looks like they are - they were - owned by the same corporation.