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What type of info (statistical or details about individual establishments)? National or local (and if local, where)? A better idea of what you're trying to compile would make it easier to offer suggestions. Thanks.
specifics.name of restaurant,dates of operation,contact name(if possible). The area of research is Knoxville (or rather,Knox county), TN.
Although time consuming, one free and easy way is to search old directories -- city/county business listings (most public libraries have these dating back to when a city was founded, and a good librarian can really help), telephone directories, tax rolls, etc. All of these are public record, readily accessible, and organized in ways that make it easy to find restaurants. The labor comes in manually comparing what used to exist to what exists now.
A faster way, if available, is to contact your state department of revenue or your city/county health department and see if they can provide the data (a closed/failed restaurant would have had to file paperwork when they stopped collecting/paying sales tax and stopped getting food service permits and health inspections). It may be easy for them to access a database of the relevant forms that were filed.
Finally, check with your state and local universities. At least one business department at an institution in your state is probably doing in-depth studies and analyses of local business economics -- and keeping detailed statistics on business failures.
Hope this helps. Best wishes.
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