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    Quote Originally Posted by bajisima View Post
    Outback is shuttering a bunch of locations this year. Also Bugaboo Creek Steakhouse went under.

    Outback Steakhouse Closing 43 Locations
    Never even HEARD of Bugaboo Creek Steakhouse!

    Maybe their NAME turned some people off!
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    Applebees - Meh. A step below T.G.I. Friday's.
    Chilis - Not bad; but not convienient for me.
    Ruby Tuesday - See Applebees.
    Red Robin - Actually pretty good; I'm especially fond of their fried jalapeno coins. I'll miss them if they fold.
    Buffalo Wild Wings - Nice - but limited. A menu based on a single product caters to a limited demographic. At least Red Robin has a varied menu.
    Outback - Good food, but overpriced. I'm a lousy judge since I'm not much for steak.
    Carrabbas - Overpriced - and there are few areas where Carraba's is the best Italian food available.
    Bonefish Grill - WAY overpriced.


    The Olive Garden is terrible. Cheaper than Carrabbas, but not nearly as good as many locally-owned Italian restaurants.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Sampson Simpson View Post
    Could also be some people are cooking at home more to save or be healthier

    Those chains essentially serve the same crap. Maybe people are sick of chains, going to original restaurants? I don't eat out much, but if I do, I'm not going to go to an unoriginal chain.

    Republicans have killed the middle class. Dumbass greedy corporations, what do you thinks going to happen when you take all the money, pay workers shit, and they can no longer afford to buy your products?
    I suspect I will be eating out less as our county government voted to raise our property taxes and auto tag fees. My earnings are stagnant but not governments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Djinn View Post
    Applebees - Meh. A step below T.G.I. Friday's.
    Chilis - Not bad; but not convienient for me.
    Ruby Tuesday - See Applebees.
    Red Robin - Actually pretty good; I'm especially fond of their fried jalapeno coins. I'll miss them if they fold.
    Buffalo Wild Wings - Nice - but limited. A menu based on a single product caters to a limited demographic. At least Red Robin has a varied menu.
    Outback - Good food, but overpriced. I'm a lousy judge since I'm not much for steak.
    Carrabbas - Overpriced - and there are few areas where Carraba's is the best Italian food available.
    Bonefish Grill - WAY overpriced.


    The Olive Garden is terrible. Cheaper than Carrabbas, but not nearly as good as many locally-owned Italian restaurants.
    I've never eaten at a T.G.I.F restaurant, either. There are none in my immediate area; I would have to drive about 60 miles if I wanted to try one. I'll have to give Red Robin another try; been MANY years since I've eaten there.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by THOR View Post
    I suspect I will be eating out less as our county government voted to raise our property taxes and auto tag fees. My earnings are stagnant but not governments.
    But isn't Donald Trump promising that you'll be getting much higher wages? You know, as his Great and Magnificent Economic Plan takes hold??
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    I've stopped eating at full-service restaurants but probably for an atypical reason. I would dine out with my lady friend once a week but since she suffered a broken hip, she can, for the time being, only eat at home. I won't eat out alone at a restaurant. Since we do have an aging population, I wonder if "losing a dining partner" might account for some falloff in restaurant business.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KnotaFrayed View Post
    It's always interesting to see free market capitalists whine when free market capitalism is at play. Maybe, as people constantly hear from those who advocate for unbridled free market capitalism, those fast food companies need to do something to get people into their places of business. Or they could do the popular (unbridled capitalist) thing nowadays and merge into even larger companies.....then tell America how good "competition" is for the consumer.
    Whine? I'm not whining at all. I'm just observing and reporting it. You haven't seen me complain about this, at all. Read back over the thread. I haven't expressed an opinion, at all on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Dad View Post
    Whine? I'm not whining at all. I'm just observing and reporting it. You haven't seen me complain about this, at all. Read back over the thread. I haven't expressed an opinion, at all on it.
    I think its a strange thing for people over a certain age like myself to see big chain restaurants and so many retailers close their doors. Many of us remember the birth of these places or the shopping mall. Now the eat local and shop online phase has changed the entire dynamic. As a teen it was always fun to meet pals at an Applebees or Chilis and then head off to the mall. Have a lot of fun memories and made good friends.

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    I think a solid approach is to find out where former customers are going. These not-fast-food restaurants took a LOT of business away from the mainstays of McDonald's, Burger King, etc. Now if their customer levels are dropping, the obvious first step is to find out where they're going instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Djinn View Post
    I think a solid approach is to find out where former customers are going. These not-fast-food restaurants took a LOT of business away from the mainstays of McDonald's, Burger King, etc. Now if their customer levels are dropping, the obvious first step is to find out where they're going instead.
    Just staying home would be at the top of my list.

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