Haunting and bizarre photos of abandoned fast food restaurants

Many fast food chains are shutting down.

Ohio resident Nicholas Eckhart has been driving around since about 2011, taking fascinating photos of defunct retail institutions.

Eckhart runs the site Dead and Dying Retail, where he chronicles what he’s witnessed.

He can sense some trends with these ill-fated stores and fast foot outlets. “They [the locations] seem like retail dead zones — even if there’s a new shopping center built nearby, they don’t seem that long,” he said to Business Insider.

Some places, he said, seem abandoned over night. “Some places have just walked away overnight and left everything inside,” he said.

“There was a restaurant that did that in my town — they just walked away overnight. They just left everything on the table and still looks the same today.”

Take a look at some of the fascinating photos Eckhart has taken.

This is an abandoned Friendly's in Elyria, Ohio, as of 2014. It shut down in December 2013.

This building was formerly a Dunkin Doughnuts.

Nicholas Eckhart/Flickr. Licensed under Creative Commons 2.0

This building in North Randall, Ohio was formerly a Ponderosa steakhouse.

Nicholas Eckhart/Flickr. Licensed under Creative Commons 2.0

This building in Mansfield, Ohio was once a Chi-Chi's.

Nicholas Eckhart/Flickr. Licensed under Creative Commons 2.0

Here is a defunct White Castle in Mansfield, Ohio.

Nicholas Eckhart/Flickr. Licensed under Creative Commons 2.0

Here is a former Old Country Buffet and C1 Buffet in Huber Heights, Ohio.

Nicholas Eckhart/Flickr. Licensed under Creative Commons 2.0

This is a dead Charley's Philly Steaks in Massilon, Ohio.

Nicholas Eckhart/Flickr. Licensed under Creative Commons 2.0

This was a Beef Corral and an Arby's at the Euclid Square Mall in Euclid, Ohio.

Nicholas Eckhart/Flickr. Licensed under Creative Commons 2.0

This Ground Round in Elyria, Ohio, according to Eckhart's captions on Flickr, allegedly didn't pay its rent (owing a total of over $91,000) -- and by August 2013, they were locked out of the building.

Nicholas Eckhart/Flickr. Licensed under Creative Commons 2.0

Source: Flickr

This was a Taco Bell in Cambridge, Ohio.

This Quizno's in Bedford, Ohio shut down.

Nicholas Eckhart/Flickr

You've seen dead fast food chains...

Nicholas Eckhart. Licensed under Creative Commons 2.0

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