Here in Elko, the Mayor owns Arby's, a Burger King, a Tastee-Freez and part of a Basque dinner house. That's why Elko will never see Applebee's, Chili's or an Olive Garden, etc, even though the market demographics are probably favorable for one of the larger sit-down chains.
Word on the street was that Jaker's was trying to permit a restaurant here, but local business interests (Mayor) were stepping all over the permit process. When a new business started construction on Mtn City Highway last year, the folks were all excited for something new until it turned out to be....a second Burger King!
Now there is a rumor floating around that Newmont Mining is "involved" with building a Chili's on the site of their new office complex. That would be interesting to see the "evil corporate giant" break the strangle-hold the "town fathers" have had on certain business interests for the past 100 years.
They are building something restaurant-like on the Newmont site and I guess we will see what it turns out to be....
Probably another Tastee-Freez.