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Thread: 8 of America's favorite restaurant chains are desperate for customers

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    Shows like this probably haven't helped the restaurant industry in general:



    And I know these are staged to a degree and this is not a chain restaurant, but "death trap" walk-ins like this are all too common!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bajisima View Post
    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.
    When I was a kid, I remember Rolling Acres Mall in Akron, Ohio. It was the big mall. I remember many of these places opening, and sadly closing.

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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.
    That would be vital information. Are people preparing more meals at home? Are they selecting other dining experiences? If so, that leads to a host of questions. Is it because they are looking for more healthy options? Could it be people in this class are working more hours?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldGaffer View Post
    Middle class restaurant chains are suffering the loss of customers as the middle class in this country circles the drain. No real wage increase in 35 years has to start hurting the economy at some point, don't ya think?
    BINGO! EveryONE of those restaurants are a 'rung' on the middle class ladder. I'd say 3 levels. As you make it a little further up the 'food chain' within the middle class you start going to the little higher end restaurants in each income strata.

    That list of restaurants is VERY telling about the state of the middle class.

    One caveat. If middle class 'diners' really pay attention and do like WE (and others I know) try very very hard to do, is frequent the LOCALS (and a couple of small regional chains of restaurants) that could be a factor. I wouldn't know how many do that and its overall effect on the chains named above.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thx1138 View Post
    Just staying home would be at the top of my list.

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    Staying home to eat and binge watching tv? lol I know that's what my kids and their friends do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bajisima View Post
    Staying home to eat and binge watching tv? lol I know that's what my kids and their friends do.
    I have probably went to a restaurant less than ten times in the last ten years, including fast food places.

    Even among standardized chain restaurants, management can make a huge difference too, you really never know what you are getting at any given place.

    And that's a good point about the entertainment, no restaurant can match the comfort and "hospitality" I already have at home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thx1138 View Post
    Yes indeed, the "service economy" death spiral...

    Dry cleaners and tanning salons can only keep the country aloft for so long.

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    Don't forget NAIL salons.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cpicturetaker12 View Post
    Don't forget NAIL salons.
    LOL, I was actually going to mention those, came that close!

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    Olive Garden is fairly well insulated because they have a unique lock on a certain type of food. There isn't another Italian restaurant chain that even comes close to them, good prices, great food, and a very pleasant atmosphere. I bartended there for a short time and it's a solid place.

    They are owned by Darden restaurants however, who also owns other properties like Red Lobster and their other companies are struggling. Olive Garden actually sends many of their GM's to Italy where they have a little cooking college and to learn how their top chefs create the food, they then bring that experience back with them and it's just a good business model.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DebateDrone View Post
    Who wants to eat at Applebee's

    These restaurants are as trendy as my CD collection.
    I dunno, I like their beer pretzels.

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