If You're Not a Hip New Restaurant, You're Probably in Trouble

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You know, they could shrink portion sizes, realize that we are changing in terms of demographics, and stop helping Americans pig out.

It's always been a tough time for restaurants. Cash flow, turnover, unit prices, location, and the ability to withstand small downturns are critical to survival in the industry.

(caveat: only half of my relatives have run or managed restaurants, I'm just repeating what they say)
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I miss Tacos Gringos.
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Vegan restaurants all seem to be booming and expanding. I can't remember the last one that closed.
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Time? Really?
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"supper high end?"
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Here's what's wrong with the world today.

I start to smell a kind of glue, paint smell in my apartment.

I open the door and it's all around.

So, I calls up the landlady, and I says, "uh, it stinks in here".

And the landlady say, "Yes, they're painting the apartment below you to get it ready."

And I say, well you can't just suffocate me.

And she says, "Yes, it's in the lease."

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Spending less, or just visiting less? I ask, because it seems to me, quite unscientifically, that mid-level restaurant prices have gone through the roof in recent years. Much faster than the supposed inflation rate. I used to eat lunch out several days a week, but I had to stop because I can't get out of any of the places around here for under $20, with drink, tax and tip. And they're not doing it to gouge; restaurant costs are going way up too. The only places that are still cheap are places like taco trucks that make use of low-wage immigrant labor and cheap real estate (a truck and a parking space vs. a storefront). I don't know how older established non-hipster joints are surviving.
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Someone should mention this posting to Charles...
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What, exactly, is so bad about eating out? It sucks preparing meals for one person and eating alone at home. If I had more time, I'd eat out more.