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

    Clark Howard is an Atlanta based penny pincher who is a radio personality. He has a daily radio show and is often featured on television shows. His predictions are pretty much spot on. This week he put out a list of eight restaurants that are in trouble. He's not doing it to hurt the restaurant chains but rather to warn consumers that buying their gift cards may not be a good idea right now. These restaurants employ many people across this nation. If he's right and several of these close some stores or all stores, that will be a significant number of people that are looking for work. Oddly, he names one chain that is doing well, Olive Garden. What are they doing better?

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

    Applebees
    Chilis
    Ruby Tuesday
    Red Robin
    Buffalo Wild Wings
    Outback
    Carrabbas
    Bonefish Grill

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    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?

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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?
    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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    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?
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    I've been eating at independently owned restaurants more so than chains. I'm not sure why. I used to eat at places like Ruby Tuesday's and Applebees fairly regularly.

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    Who wants to eat at Applebee's

    These restaurants are as trendy as my CD collection.

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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?
    Healthy eating has a lot to do with it. These chains serve food that is ridiculously high in salt an sugar. Being an increasing number of Americans are now sensitive to these ingredients, they either eat at home or elsewhere. I know around here independent owned places are doing really well. So I just think Americans are making better choices. Plus the quality of the food at the places listed is poor. I went to Carrabas awhile back and the chicken was fat and grisly and it wasn't cheap.
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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.
    If you ever go in the kitchen of an Applebees or Ruby's they have a wall of microwaves. So yea not the best quality out there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Babba View Post
    I've been eating at independently owned restaurants more so than chains. I'm not sure why. I used to eat at places like Ruby Tuesday's and Applebees fairly regularly.
    We have a lot of those field to table places now popping up. Basically they try to source locally as much as possible. Local dairy, meats and vegetables. Really trendy now. Not terribly expensive either.

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    That is all good information but how does that explain that Olive Garden is doing very well right now? They are a chain restaurant and no one can really say that a big bowl of pasta is a healthy meal.
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