When its parent company filed for bankruptcy protection in October, 2009, Mother's Cookies -- a cookie brand that dates back to before World War I -- were pulled from store shelves. But fans of the brand, known for its pink and white "Circus Animals" and other cookies, may take comfort in the fact that Kellogg's reintroduced the cookies to the market in May. Kellogg's, which bought the brand's trademarks and original recipes, insists that the cookies will taste the same, but broken-hearted cookie lovers like the ones below may well have the final say.
"I already miss Mother's Cookies. These were a childhood favorite and when coming home from a long day of school, nothing could be better then a cold glass of milk and a plate of Mother's cookies to make the day great again."
-Jon Incerpi, Tampa, Fla.
"Mother's Cookies GONE just like that. We all grew up on these cookies and I do not know what happened. But it seems to me like we are losing that Americana feeling that gets us throught these hard times. Those familar things and places."
-Rose Castro, Riverside, Calif.
Toy retailer KB Toys filed for bankruptcy in December, 2008, and ultimately closed 277 mall stores and 114 outlet stores. The Pittsfield, Mass.-based chain was founded in 1922.
"The reason I miss KB Stores is because ever since I was a child, I would love to go to KB Toys. At the mall, I would run to KB and play with the toys they had in the front entrance. These awesome little bouncing and walking dogs and pigs always made me smile!
...I have two girls, and while they are only 3 and 2, I bought many of their toys from KB, until the sad day came when I went to the mall to go to KB and some other stores, and noticed a HUGE sign that said 'Going out of business.' It broke my heart knowing that one of the greatest toy stores EVER was not going to be around for my kids to enjoy like I did.
I bought so much of their unique toys and games that NO ONE else sells, and I have left them unopened, until my girls grow up a bit more and can enjoy something special from a special toy store."
- Jeff St. Clair, Tucson, Ariz.
Bennigan's and sister restaurant chain Steak & Ale filed for bankruptcy protection last year. Bennigan's brand and franchising rights, once owned by Metromedia Restaurant Group, were sold to the private equity firm Atalaya Capital Management. Some 150 franchise-owned Bennigan's remain open, but dozens of others have closed. Below is a poem about the restaurant submitted by ABCNews.com reader Kathryn Katz.
"Bennigan's Where Did You Go
Every Tuesday night we'd go
To Bennigan's, our family watering hole.
The hostess, waiters and chef staff
Were friendly, fast and made us laugh.
They knew our kids and we knew theirs.
A family atmosphere, a place to chat and share.
Then the night came when the lights were out.
Bennigan's staff were not there to meet us.
The parking lot was empty and just a small sign
Saying they were closed, no more local dining.
I drove fifteen miles to the next Bennigan's
And like my favorite place, it was closed like the rest.
I still don't understand why my favorite place closed.
Now we're eating McDonalds and other fast food restaurants.
Eating out is no longer the same without my friends
At Bennigan's. And that's all I have to say."
-Kathryn Katz, Sunrise, Fla.