Local Mom and Pop restaurants disappear as national chains expand into rural areas
Over the last couple of years I have noticed a larger decrease in the population of little Mom and Pop type eating establishments in my area. I can’t say if this is a trend nationwide, but I honestly hope that isn’t the case. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and in places like San Francisco these little business still strive, but outside of the big cities I am noticing more of a trend away from small business ownership of restaurants and more chains.
There are less of the places like Bob’s Giant burgers or Mission Pizza, and more Round Tables and 5 Guys Burgers and Fries. This is a real shame in my opinion as I view eating outside of my house as more of an experience and less about just consuming calories. I want visit a quaint little place with interesting menu items and not just churned out assembly line food. Recently I have noticed I have to go out of my way more now to visit places like that. If you feel like I do, then try not to give in to corporate eateries and frequent these little eateries. It benefits families and a lot of time they are using locally produced food as well which is also helping out the little farms/orchards/ranches instead of corporations that are just trying to appease the bottom lines so they can sell more stock.
I do understand that I may be in the minority as places like McDonald’s have sold billions of burgers and they will sell billions more, but I like to know that I get a better experience with my meal and it is helping out the little guys out there. If you feel the same way then next time you are craving a burger or a slice of pizza drive an extra 5 or 10 minutes and give a new small business a try before they disappear completely.