Re:Where & when was the first salad bar you ever saw? Same ?'s for the best ever.
There were a series of restaurants chains in New York, of which Steak & Brew was one, variously called things like Beef & Brew, Steak & Brew, B.O.S.S., and, well those are the only ones I remember (except for one, which will come up). They were all pretty much the same restaurant, and they all had salad bars. The story at the time was (and I have not seen it confirmed or denied) was that they had corporate owners, who would pocket the money brought in instead of paying their bills, go bankrupt, then the human owners would form a new corporation, buy up the old restaurants, and form identical ones with the same name. Essentially, when they became Beefsteak Charlie's, they kind of stayed in business for a couple of decades.