Rex Parker Does the NYT Crossword Puzzle: Old fast-food chain — WEDNESDAY, Jul. 1 2009 — Riksdag locale / Popeye creator Elzie / Moviegoer’s chocolate bite

Constructor: David J. Kahn

Relative difficulty: Medium

THEME: MICHAEL JACKSON (10D: With 25-Down, this puzzle honoree)

Word of the Day: NEDICK’S (22D: Old fast-food chain) —

Nedick’s was an American chain of fast-food restaurants that originated in New York City in either 1913 or the early 1920s, per differing sources, and expanded in the 1950s to Newark, New Jersey, Albany, New York, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Baltimore, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. Originally known for making and selling an orange drink, it added coffee and donuts to its simple menu, and later hot dogs. The name was formed from the last names of Robert T. Neely and Orville A. Dickinson, who founded the chain with the original stand in a hotel storefront of the Bartholdi Hotel at 23rd Street and Broadway. The chain was known for its orange and white decor and its slogan, “Good food is never expensive at Nedick’s”.

Following intense competition in the 1970s from such national chains as McDonald’s and Dunkin’ Donuts, and much criticism in 1981 for the quality of its concession at the Central Park Zoo, Nedick’s ceased operations. (wikipedia)