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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-11-2008, 04:11 AM Thread Starter
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Well, with this financial crisis everyone is going through people are spending less money. And, people are spending a lot less money eating out. I have been a chef for a while now and have been planning many of my own restaurants for some time now. Lots of plans for alot of different restaurant ideas. I need to figure out what does work in this economic crisis. I know people still eat out, but I wanna know where people are still going to eat.

So here is my question for you guys:

Where do you guys go out to eat? What kind of food? what price range is best for you? What kind of restaurant do you wish you had around you to go eat at?...etc. Most importantly, what do you not like/ what do you specifically avoid?

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Well, I am surrounded by 5 star food all day everyday, so I only like to go out and cheaper food. I am all over Senor Tequila, local texmex chain. Chicken fajitas and cheese dip for 2 under 20 bux. I always leave there satisfied.

I love Damgoode Pies, local pizza chain. Pizza is always good. crust styles and sauces vary to fit everyone. Fills up 2 people and a carry out box for $20

I never eat fast food, ever. If I can only afford a $5 meal then im cooking grilled chicken with oriental ramen noodles or sticky rice.
BTW a kroger chicken breast with ramen noodles costs under a dollar for the whole meal.

I love cheap street food though. Taco trucks, hot dog stand, churro's, BBQ...etc


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Diners usually fare pretty well, you should also look into your demographics.

Diners have diverse menu's and the food is usually reasonably priced, that and diners attract a lot of old people, hopefully old people with pensions so you know they are good for the money.

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The wife and I only go out to eat maybe 2-3 times a month. We're pretty frugal. When we do go out we usually have a buy one entree get one free type coupon too. We found this awesome Asian restaurant near us with one of the coupons that came in a mailer so now we go there kinda often. My advice to you would be to make sure you advertise your place as much as possible. Anything to get people in the door. Even with the coupon we still end up buying drinks and maybe an appetizer. If we have a good experience we end up coming back later and are willing to pay regular menu price.

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my wife hates cookiing so our restaurant eating is still average. We normally eat about $20-$30 worth of food when we eat nice and Fast food is starting to get expensive to ($10 or so).


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down here, a lot of diners are popping up and doing fairly well. good food with slightly below average prices is what everyone wants. but i live in a lower upper class town, so we have lots of old peeps that still go out a lot to any place that is good.

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I'm 22 and in college. My diet consist of takeout most of the time. Cheap is always good, if I can get lunch for around $8 I'm a happy person (I eat, a lot). Dinner is usally a different story. I tend to eat whatever is around, I try and cook occasionally, doesn't always work too well. If I go out with my gf for dinner (not including drinks) if I spend around 25-40, its normal.

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If you're worried about the current economic status, maybe your restaurant should focus on alcohol, or on an alcohol/food pairing type of thing. I've noticed many restaurants gettin more and more empty whilst the beer bars and such are always packed.

Not saying you should start a bar, but maybe a restaurant focusing on wine and food pairing, or on food and beer pairing, or that has an extensive drink list (must keep it affordable though). Things like that tend to be a little more recession proof. However, you might have to dumb your food down. I think 5 star meals are the first thing to go on most people's lists

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If you're worried about the current economic status, maybe your restaurant should focus on alcohol, or on an alcohol/food pairing type of thing. I've noticed many restaurants gettin more and more empty whilst the beer bars and such are always packed.

Not saying you should start a bar, but maybe a restaurant focusing on wine and food pairing, or on food and beer pairing, or that has an extensive drink list (must keep it affordable though). Things like that tend to be a little more recession proof. However, you might have to dumb your food down. I think 5 star meals are the first thing to go on most people's lists
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Oh, i have about 5 bar ideas on paper working on various business plans. The only problem with owning a bar is "Dram Shop Laws". These are good things for civilians but are devasting to bar owners. Dram shop laws, in a nutshell, allow someone injured by a drunk driver to sue the bar where he was drinking. There are tons of loop holes in these things, and you will be sued for millions and you will lose. Happens to every good bar in my city. Nothing stopping some idiot from leaving your bar, getting drunk somewhere else, killing someone, and then everyone sues the bar where he had one drink and left. I even met one guy who wrecked his car on purpose just so he could sue the bar for serving him too many drinks. He got 5 million dollars, and the bartender went to jail for serving him too many.


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