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Old 01-27-2011, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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I remember that as well. The one advantage the big (national) chains have over local, independent places is that they can offer lower prices. You have a great local restaurant open here with awesome food and then people start belly-aching that a burger costs more than $5.
I prefer local places over chains any day but they have another advantage: consistency. I could go to 10 different Italian restuarants and something as seemingly simple as spaghetti with meatballs tastes different at each one. But, at every Carrabba's it is almost exactly the same whether I am in Seattle or Charlotte. A lot of people crave that kind of sameness.
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Old 01-27-2011, 10:22 AM
 
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The brownies there were frickin' awesome man!
it took me a couple moments to get your real meaning.

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I prefer local places over chains any day but they have another advantage: consistency. I could go to 10 different Italian restuarants and something as seemingly simple as spaghetti with meatballs tastes different at each one. But, at every Carrabba's it is almost exactly the same whether I am in Seattle or Charlotte. A lot of people crave that kind of sameness.
When I travel for work, as I just did for 6 days to the Outer Banks area, that "sameness" can be comforting. After a 10-12 hour day, I don't want to take a risk on bad food. Besides, the chains can offer a decent meal at a reasonable price.

That being said, I was at the OB when the snowstorm hit. There was only one restaurant open in Oriental, NC, and it was called The Silos. My caesar salad and lobster sauce pasta were very good.
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Old 01-27-2011, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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When I travel for work, as I just did for 6 days to the Outer Banks area, that "sameness" can be comforting. After a 10-12 hour day, I don't want to take a risk on bad food. Besides, the chains can offer a decent meal at a reasonable price.
To each their own. Anytime I am out of town, I will go out of my way to find somewhere local. I would rather chance getting a bad meal than getting the same mediocre (IMO) stuff I can get anywhere.

There have been times when I comprimised and just went to Wendy's for the sake of saving time, though.
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Old 01-27-2011, 10:34 AM
 
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To each their own. Anytime I am out of town, I will go out of my way to find somewhere local. I would rather chance getting a bad meal than getting the same mediocre (IMO) stuff I can get anywhere.

There have been times when I comprimised and just went to Wendy's for the sake of saving time, though.
By the time I find a hotel and get cleaned up, it's often 7:00 to 8:00. By then I'm looking to get some decent food, and get back to the paperwork I have to do every night.

If I'm not pressed for time, and have a fixed destination, I'll look for the better local fare. My work doesn't allow that flexibility unfortunately.
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Old 01-27-2011, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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I remember that as well. The one advantage the big (national) chains have over local, independent places is that they can offer lower prices. You have a great local restaurant open here with awesome food and then people start belly-aching that a burger costs more than $5.
Not necessarily. Chilis gets away with charging $10 for a burger and people line up at the door. It's not necessarily price it's culture and familiarity.
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Old 01-27-2011, 02:30 PM
 
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Default agree - boardwalk billy's won't work in dilworth

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Hmm...the Deck's location is about a third the size of the Boardwalk Billy's location in U City which is, in fact, on a boardwalk. Not sure how it would translate to the East Blvd. site. Also, the crowd at the University location is young, mostly college students. The location on East Blvd. attracts a slightly older, more sophisticated crowd. Boardwalk Billy's might have a tough time making a go of it in Dilworth. We'll see...
basically, some of the same people who owned the Deck, own Boardwalk Billy's (and Brixx). I'm not sure why they think BB's will do better than the Deck did as it seems like the same concept to me (so-so sea food in a casual bar atmosphere). Dilworth/East Blvd really doesn't need more "bars". Younger crowds (20 somethings) head to uptown. slightly older crowds (30-40's) have kids and want clean places, with decent food and not a bunch of rowdy drunk people throwing peanuts shells all over the place. Plan B - failed, Rock-n-lobster - failed, The Deck - failed, Boardwalk Billy's - why won't it fail too? You gotta know your audience which in this case is the people living in Dilworth. Class it up a little bit and be sure to respect your neighbors as they are your customers!
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Old 01-27-2011, 03:40 PM
 
Location: Charlotte Metro Area
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Not necessarily. Chilis gets away with charging $10 for a burger and people line up at the door. It's not necessarily price it's culture and familiarity.
Go in to McD's for an Angus Burger (closest to the size of a Chili's burger), fries and a drink and you're in for $7-$8.00. Chili's burger is a bit more substantial and now you're in a restaurant with waiter/waitress service, so a couple of dollars more isn't out of the question.

Big Daddy's burgers are a few dollars more, but also worth it.
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Old 01-27-2011, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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Godiva has also closed its Carolina Place location. Southpark is the only one left in the metro.
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Old 01-27-2011, 07:55 PM
 
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Southpark seems to be becoming a hub.
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Old 01-27-2011, 08:16 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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Southpark seems to be becoming a hub.
Everyone goes to Southpark for upscale shopping I think upscale retailers will have an increasingly difficult time anywhere else.
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