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You either love them or you hate them. Chain restaurants have been a staple of American food culture for the last century, with many of the top chain restaurants operating with multiple locations in every single state in the country. Maine is no exception. The Pine Tree State has been home to several McDonald's, Burger King, Subway, and Wendy's locations for decades.

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Over the past few years, there have been several new chain restaurants trying their hand at the Maine market after building their brand and popularity in other parts of the country. That includes chains like Popeye's, Jersey Mike's, Firehouse Subs, and Chick-Fil-A. Almost universally, those chains have been embraced by the communities they operate in. But what else is missing? What massively popular and profitable chain restaurants don't exist in Maine? Let's take a look.

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