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Old 06-06-2017, 09:28 PM
 
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Maybe its going back to the old days. When I was growing up, we hardly ever went out to dinner. We had our meals at home. That seems to have changed in the last few decades with everyone going out (families included) much more frequently. Home meals were much less common.

I do not blame millennials for for the trouble of these types of restaurants. It is just changing preferences which tend to be cyclical. If not for changing preferences (from my youth), these places would not have existed in the numbers they have in the recent decades.
My son is a millennial who lives on his own. He has a great job but can hardly afford the rent he pays. So why would he waste his money on going out to dinner.
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Old 06-06-2017, 09:33 PM
 
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Applebees, TGI Friday's, and Chilis absolutely suck. I'm a gen-Xer, not a millenial, but I think it was the boomers supporting most of these places. If you go to Olive Garden or something for dinner, the demographic skews older and heavier.

I like sit down places, but more of them are Mom and Pop joints. The only exception would be The Outback, I don't mind eating a cheap steak and salad there once in awhile.
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Old 06-06-2017, 09:33 PM
 
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... and maybe a little bit of Ranch dressing
Try it with Bleu Cheese, you have to have the real Bleu Cheese dressing though. Maries's or whatever. That was one of the specialties of the "Wing Nazi".



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..there's tons of variations of course.
True, you can add any sauce depending on your tastes. It's pretty tough to screw up a fried wing.
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Old 06-06-2017, 09:36 PM
 
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Millennials endanger casual-dining restaurants - Business Insider

I guess it makes sense, those places are more for the family experience they should cater more to older patrons like Denny's does.

As an Millennial, I actually like sit down places.
Sub par food. Overpriced beers. Sub par service. And they want a 20% tip? LOL

I'll eat like a king at home with my wife for 1/3 the cost after a quick run the grocery store and 15 minutes of grillin'
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Old 06-06-2017, 10:16 PM
 
Location: Long Island (chief in S Farmingdale)
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As someone on the older edge of the millennials, I can't say this is a shocker. I have eaten at both, but been at least 1 year at Applebees and probably 2 years at BWW. I'm not much of a cook and eat out fairly often, but quite simply there are better local places out there. Burger Bars, Wing joints, etc. In some rural areas or further out suburbs where you don't have the same competition it probably isn't much of an issue, but in the heavier populated areas there is the competition and Applebees, BWW's and others aren't doing that well.
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Old 06-06-2017, 10:18 PM
 
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A lot of Millennials have student loan debt and have to stretch their money farther than the previous generation.

I've been working on my youngest son to stop wasting his money eating out. My wife and I have eaten out very little in our lives. We pack a lunch in a cooler and find a picnic table. Old habits.
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Old 06-06-2017, 10:27 PM
 
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It's just bad food. In a world where farm to table, eating local, and we are all eating better at home -- why subject yourself to garbage.
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Old 06-06-2017, 10:36 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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They are very bad food, some people even get sick eating food from Applebee's.
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Old 06-07-2017, 05:10 AM
 
Location: EPWV
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Millennials typically opt for locally-owned, unique restaurants over the suburban chains that dominated the restaurant landscape in the 1990s and 2000s. I think that is the root of this problem. If I had a choice between a local or regional wing chain like say Wild Wing Cafe in Charlotte NC or Buffalo Wild Wings, I would choose Wild Wing Cafe every time. Part of the issue with the huge national chains is their quality is well below local restaurants and many times they are even more expensive. It's similar to how Millennials are choosing locally-brewed craft beer over Budweiser.

I think the chains will survive in rural areas and small cities where there isn't a local alternative. For instance, where I live now, if I want hot wings, Buffalo Wild Wings is it.
Oh no, don't go there! We're far off the Millennial path, but we both [esp DH], prefer local craft brews to that of Budweiser.
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Old 06-07-2017, 07:37 AM
 
Location: The Windy City
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A lot of Millennials have student loan debt and have to stretch their money farther than the previous generation.

I've been working on my youngest son to stop wasting his money eating out. My wife and I have eaten out very little in our lives. We pack a lunch in a cooler and find a picnic table. Old habits.
I don't really think this has to do with why we won't eat at B-Dubs and Applebee's. My generation is the generation to spend $8 on a dumb Starbucks mochafrappafrippalate, so we don't hesitate to spend money on certain things.

Another thing is those chain places often have a family atmosphere. They aren't good places to go out with friends or your girlfriend/boyfriend on the weekend. For that, we'd much rather grab some take out and eat it back home with friends. If we do go out to eat, it's usually a locally owned place.

I also think that millennials are more "foodies" than previous generations. My grandparents and parents are perfectly happy eating boring food, but I'm certainly not. With all of these Thai, Korean, Mexican, Indian, Ethiopian, and Italian restaurants around, why would I even bother going to B-Dubs or Applebees?
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