Dan Blocker, who you would possibly know higher at Eric ‘Hoss’ Cartwright, opened the primary Bonanza in 1963. Two brothers, Sam and Charles Wyly purchased the small restaurant chain 3 years later. By the late 1980’s the Wyly brothers had opened roughly 600 places. Presently each Bonanza and their rival Ponderosa had been bought by Metromedia. Within the 1990’s the 2 chains had been unified as a single restaurant idea, however nonetheless operated beneath the Ponderosa or Bonanza identify. There may be at present 13 Bonanza places nonetheless open.