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Old 12-12-2013, 07:19 PM
 
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I noticed that if there is a restaurant chain that is popular someplace in the United States, if the chain moves to Texas, they're going to move to Dallas.
They won't even open up a branch in Houston which is the biggest city in Texas, before the open one up in Dallas.
In fact, whenever the chain does decide to open up a branch in Houston or someplace else, everybody in that city is freaking out, whereas the people in Dallas are already over it....
Why is that?
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Old 12-12-2013, 07:33 PM
 
Location: I-85 Corridor, GA
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The Dallas/Fort Worth area services a larger market area than Houston. The Metroplex is also more populous.
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Old 12-12-2013, 07:35 PM
 
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Could be that there are a few corporate HQ's in Dallas that test-mkt a new concept in Dallas before going national. Brinker International comes to mind....they own Maggianos, Chilis for starters. And I suppose there are other restaurant groups managed by private corporations too. TGIFridays is based in Carollton, Texas de Brazil in Addison... Just a hunch.
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Old 12-12-2013, 08:03 PM
 
Location: Lewisville
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Per Nielsen, the DFW area has the highest per capita restaurant sales & sales per restaurant of any of Texas's large metro areas. There's also more commercial/restaurant space available, a wider array of demographics, and a culture that likes to eat out on the weekends.

Gotta wonder what's going on in Texarkana that has their area in #1 for all of Texas.
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Old 12-12-2013, 10:47 PM
 
Location: Upper East Side of Texas
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I noticed that if there is a restaurant chain that is popular someplace in the United States, if the chain moves to Texas, they're going to move to Dallas.
They won't even open up a branch in Houston which is the biggest city in Texas, before the open one up in Dallas.
In fact, whenever the chain does decide to open up a branch in Houston or someplace else, everybody in that city is freaking out, whereas the people in Dallas are already over it....
Why is that?
Houston isn't hurting, trust me.

http://www.zagat.com/b/houston/zagat...t-out-the-most
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Old 12-12-2013, 11:06 PM
 
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I did read something that said that Houston was also pretty fat.
Makes sense to me!
but either way, that doesn't change the fact that Dallas has more restaurants than Houston, especially popular ones.
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Old 12-13-2013, 12:35 AM
 
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DFW has long been a test market for products.
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Old 12-13-2013, 12:44 AM
 
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Dude last I checked this is a Dallas forum. Nobody cares about your beloved Houston man. Get a grip. Did Dallas bully you as a kid?
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Old 12-13-2013, 08:10 AM
 
Location: plano
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As one who lives in Plano now and spent decades in Houston, I have a theory on why this might happen. Dallas is a bigger metro and is a wider mix of business types as well is diverse as is Houston, so Dallas makes a good test market for Texas generally.

Houston has no zoning which makes for a very competitive restaurant scene since a competitor can open up right next door to you without zoning protecting their "territory". Houston also has a good number of great restaurants that started there I believe because of this hyper competitive market. Those that come to mind are: Pappas family restaurants, Salt Grass and Carrabba's (much more plentiful in Houston compared to DFW), as well as Churasco's which has not opened in Dallas as of yet.

Both places offer great dining choices and Dallas definately sees more good national chains and sees them sooner than Houston typically too....such as Abuelo's to name just one.

It is great to be a Texan when it comes to food!
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Old 12-13-2013, 06:56 PM
 
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Per Nielsen, Gotta wonder what's going on in Texarkana that has their area in #1 for all of Texas.
Texarkana is a twin-cities area comprising of both Texas and Arkansas. It is a major destination surrounded by many smaller communities and a transportation hub for the ArkLaTex. In-short: I think the population of Texarkana doubles every weekend as it is where all the small-town folks go for entertainment, shopping and a trip through the drive-thru or Western Sizzler. So on a per-capita restaurant spending basis... that's probably why it ranks so high. I know the area all-too-well having done considerable work in the area. It's finally on the grow and if the EconDev folks get a few more long-term businesses to locate there... it could be a pretty thriving place.

Right now the Red River Army Depot is slowing down their APC work and that's not healthy.
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