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Old 07-07-2014, 08:53 AM
 
Location: Cedar Park, Texas
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Well...sometimes marketing works...Got a Groupon offer for Bone Daddy's...been in Austin 6 years and have eaten at Rudy's across the highway many times, but never set foot in Bone Daddy's. At my suggestion, our TexasGunTalk group will go there Friday for lunch...could be as many as 20 folks(I think our record is 28 with most weeks being 16 or so). In this case, Groupon was just enough incentive to move me toward a 'new' business(new to me)...so happens that more than a dozen folks will follow me. Don't want to jinx them, but let's see how long they stay in business!!!

Of course, if the group didn't want to go this Friday, it would have been lil ole me eating $20 worth of ribs for twelve bucks!
I can't imagine that BoneDaddy's did a Groupon because of lack of business. Every single time I've been in there in the past 8 years, it has been packed to the gills. Their food is delicious (love the chicken salad) and they used to have realllllly good frozen margaritas, but the last time I was in there they had taken the frozen machine out.
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Old 07-07-2014, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Avery Ranch, Austin, TX
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I can't imagine that BoneDaddy's did a Groupon because of lack of business. Every single time I've been in there in the past 8 years, it has been packed to the gills. Their food is delicious (love the chicken salad) and they used to have realllllly good frozen margaritas, but the last time I was in there they had taken the frozen machine out.
I can see it as just another marketing tool...much like reminder advertising. Good to hear about the crowds...we usually show up around 1100 and can stake our territory until around 1300 if the group is in a visiting mood. Looks like we're headed out to Shady Oaks Gun Range after lunch this Friday. (So, no 'ritas for our group )

Here's another one that I hope works out...Dickey's BBQ in their new location @ 620/Anderson Mill. Same kind of deal...$20 worth of food for twelve bucks. I have NO problem eating Dickey's pulled pork, green beans and cole slaw! Yum...darned good iced tea, too!

We'll see if we can break the Groupon curse!!!
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Old 07-07-2014, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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The restaurant business is a tricky business - if you wait to advertise/promote until you are hurting, then it is almost always too late. The momentum in restaurant business is slow but massive and takes a long time to turn around. A smart company is always working on new customers, even when they are doing well. You will sometimes see an old, established restaurant die a slow, slow death as it tries to live on past success. When they finally see there is a problem, it can be too late; or, best-case scenario, takes two or more years to turn around.
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Old 07-08-2014, 04:47 AM
 
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I ate out a lot as a single guy and a large number of the Groupon places were out of business shorty there after. If you look at YELP most had bad or so so ratings.
your groupon is useless once they go out of business? can't get refund or anything?

I am wondering sometime you can get 50% ,60% off, do you get as good service as normal tickets or they know you get it from groupon and service won't be as good?
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Old 07-08-2014, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Avery Ranch, Austin, TX
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your groupon is useless once they go out of business? can't get refund or anything?

I am wondering sometime you can get 50% ,60% off, do you get as good service as normal tickets or they know you get it from groupon and service won't be as good?
Groupon has a pretty good consumer protection in place...most often the consumer can get credit for the actual purchase price of the Groupon--for a variety of reasons...expired coupon, business closed, business refused the Groupon, etc.

Since the server's tip is usually tied to the actual experience, it behooves them to treat a Groupon guest the same(or better, since the money has already been paid) as a cash customer. In the case of table service(like Bone Daddy's), it's appropriate to show the Groupon upon ordering; while Dickey's BBQ is a pay after you've gone through the line type of eatery(actually, I save them a few cents on bread and 'fixins' since I don't care for those anyway.)
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