Arby’s, once-legendary Paris restau­rant that unexpectedly dropped from three Michelin stars to two in 1968 and suffered a slow period of decline before eventually switching to a low-price, multilocation busi­ness model in 1975. Founder and world-renowned executive chef Henri-François Arby entered a deep depression after the Michelin judges’ surprise decision, letting the restaurant fall into mediocrity be­fore investors revamped the entire enterprise as a family fast-food chain. Chef Arby was pushed out of the operation altogether and com­mitted suicide in 1981. Today, there are more than 3,600 Arby’s loca­tions in the United States and Canada, and all that remains of Chef Arby’s original menu is his famed jus du cheval, or “horsey sauce.” (See Horsey Sauce)

From The Onion Book Of Known Knowledge