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Old 03-13-2011, 08:03 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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Nope, can't eat there. It's a chain, and has been noted many times on this and other forums, all chains are terrible, horrible places to eat. One should have their intestines ripped out for even considering eating at any chain. They're to be hated and avoided at all costs. All of them are awful simply because they are chains. Under no circumstances are they to be evaluated on their own merits.
This is far different than chains like Chili's and Applebee's. The chains people detest are those that can be found in any town of 5,000 people in the USA i.e. Chili's. Chili's has over 1400 locations now. Usually those chains are very watered down and in the case of Chili's and Olive Garden, the food is actually shipped frozen pre-prepared and microwaved. Its basically paying restaurant prices for McDonalds quality food. I wouldn't have a problem with Chili's if it was $3 for a burger rather than $10. Chains like Vapiano with very few locations are much different.
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Old 03-14-2011, 06:39 AM
 
Location: Concord, NC
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This is far different than chains like Chili's and Applebee's. The chains people detest are those that can be found in any town of 5,000 people in the USA i.e. Chili's. Chili's has over 1400 locations now. Usually those chains are very watered down and in the case of Chili's and Olive Garden, the food is actually shipped frozen pre-prepared and microwaved. Its basically paying restaurant prices for McDonalds quality food. I wouldn't have a problem with Chili's if it was $3 for a burger rather than $10. Chains like Vapiano with very few locations are much different.
Chili's had a great country fried steak the last time I went there. Friday's had a really good club sandwich.
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Old 03-14-2011, 07:38 AM
 
Location: S. Charlotte
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Usually those chains are very watered down and in the case of Chili's and Olive Garden, the food is actually shipped frozen pre-prepared and microwaved.
Olive Garden's food did not taste microwaved to me when I was last there. I was not thrilled with their breadsticks, but the salad was just as good as before. Constant flow of people in/out when I was there (pretty late too: 8 PM).

That being said, I'd try this place out. A couple of locations does not necessarily destroy the overall feel/flavor for the place.
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Old 03-14-2011, 09:05 AM
 
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Nope, can't eat there. It's a chain, and has been noted many times on this and other forums, all chains are terrible, horrible places to eat. One should have their intestines ripped out for even considering eating at any chain. They're to be hated and avoided at all costs. All of them are awful simply because they are chains. Under no circumstances are they to be evaluated on their own merits.
Chains are successful because they have survived hard times and people generally know exacty what they are getting and are not disappointed.

People that open small restaurants are very likely to fail for several reasons, ie. food is not good, inexperienced management, bad location, atmosphere, etc. There are numerous small, good restaurants in the area that are struggling and closing. Just about everyone that opens a new restaurant thinks they are bringing something new and innovative to town. Most of the time they fail. They didn't do their market research.

On the other hand, P.F. CHangs, Carrabbas, Cheese Cake Factory and other chains are thrieving. So, I would say that you assessment that "All of them are awful" really isn't accurate.
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Old 03-14-2011, 01:09 PM
 
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Chains are successful because they have survived hard times and people generally know exacty what they are getting and are not disappointed.

People that open small restaurants are very likely to fail for several reasons, ie. food is not good, inexperienced management, bad location, atmosphere, etc. There are numerous small, good restaurants in the area that are struggling and closing. Just about everyone that opens a new restaurant thinks they are bringing something new and innovative to town. Most of the time they fail. They didn't do their market research.

On the other hand, P.F. CHangs, Carrabbas, Cheese Cake Factory and other chains are thrieving. So, I would say that you assessment that "All of them are awful" really isn't accurate.
Psst...that was sarcasm.
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Old 03-15-2011, 06:30 PM
 
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Hey guys, not that it's my mission to run in defense of the franchise, in fact I'd rather stay at home with PB&J than to eat at a TGIFudTuesRuckers. I hate random crap on the wall for the sake of being whacky. Look Darlene, it's a roller skate on the wall, that's crazy! Also couldn't detest an Olive Garden or Macaroni Grill more. We recently re-lo'ed here from NoVa/DC and Vapianos was actually a refreshing franchise experience (at least there it was). Fresh pasta made daily at the store makes all the difference in the world. It actually works well for a chain, but your points are valid about size becoming a problem. Local pizza joints are great, but even Luigi's has a couple locations, right? I think they'll do well in that location.
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Old 03-16-2011, 09:57 AM
 
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It all depends on what you want to eat..all chains offer mass produced garbage..sodium filled preservative filled all kids of chemicals..all there food comes premade out of a bag or a freezer...its all commercail garbage..stick to the mom and pop they tend to use better ingredients..more fresh then frozen..but then again americans love garbage thats why all chains are thriving...we are lazy and we dont like to wait for anything..example the mc donalds on rae rd in blakney got an 89 sanitation score, but the place is still packed, that is disgusting, that people feed there kids from that location..
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Old 03-16-2011, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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It all depends on what you want to eat..all chains offer mass produced garbage..sodium filled preservative filled all kids of chemicals..all there food comes premade out of a bag or a freezer...its all commercail garbage..stick to the mom and pop they tend to use better ingredients..more fresh then frozen..but then again americans love garbage thats why all chains are thriving...we are lazy and we dont like to wait for anything..example the mc donalds on rae rd in blakney got an 89 sanitation score, but the place is still packed, that is disgusting, that people feed there kids from that location..
You really are trying to spread the word about that McDonald's aren't cha? Vapiano makes stuff fresh. As fresh as a Mom and Pop place at any rate. You do realize that even small establishments get their stuff from a major distributor such as Sysco?
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Old 03-16-2011, 11:34 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Vapiano makes stuff fresh. As fresh as a Mom and Pop place at any rate. You do realize that even small establishments get their stuff from a major distributor such as Sysco?
That's what I was going to say - mom & pop doesn't always mean fresh-made! And chains don't all serve microwaved garbage, either.

I pointed out some restaurants that serve local food in this thread - *that's* an indicator of freshly made! As much as possible, anyway.
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Old 08-01-2011, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Crown Town
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Creative Loafing says this place opens today, August 1. Here’s nice slide show that gives a sneak peek of the restaurant. Sneak peek of Vapiano | Eat My Charlotte This is going to be a very cool addition to Uptown.
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