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Thursday, December 29, 2005

"They don't even serve donuts here, you should know that, you're a cop"

Reading this story today about the death of Michael Vale on CNN, made me start reminiscing about my youth. I recall the many Dunkin Donuts commercials very well and who can forget Michael Vale's famous line "It's time to make the donuts".

May he rest in peace.

Growing up in the midwest, we didn't have many kosher places to eat, but we always seemed to manage with what was available (we'd still complain tho). There was almost always a kosher Dunkin Donuts around. The "kosher" one switched its location numerous times, but growing up in an area of religious Jews, we knew that eventhough we only had one (if we were lucky) kosher resturant (which switched every year), we could always count on there being a kosher DD somewhere within the city limits.

This thought process brought me to idea of kosher places here in Israel and Jerusalem in particular. How many American food chains have been brought to Israel , only to die out after a relatively short time. A few examples are: DD, Nathans, Baskin Robbins, Starbuck's (thanks JoeSettler), Wendy's, Ben & Jerry's, and Carvel.

What has caused these chains' demise while other chains like Burger King, McDonalds, Pizza Hut and KFC have thrived in Israel?

Any thoughts?

Shabbat Shalom.

See you on Sunday....

The possibility that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.
– Abraham Lincoln


At 5:12 PM, December 29, 2005, Blogger JoeSettler said...

Carvel got here too early in the game.

The idiots that opened Starbuck's planted exactly one somewhere in Tel Aviv instead of in the Old City of Jerusalem and the Malcha Mall where they'd have appreciative audiences.

KFC is hardly thriving (for the same reason).

At 1:10 PM, January 02, 2006, Blogger westbankmama said...

Israelis don't like to eat ice cream in the winter (even in a heated mall).

As to the others, I have no idea.

"It's time to make the donuts" is a favorite expression in our house. Do we have to amend it now (with a z'l at the end?)

At 9:05 PM, January 02, 2006, Blogger Jerusalemcop said...

i think michael would be happy to know that his catch phrase is still being used....

it's funny how people from certain generations will remember specific catch phrases from commercials years afterward. Guess it's marketing at its best.

"Ladies...dont squeeze the charman"


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