I understand that this site is for finding those unique restaurants that don’t get heralded as much as a big conglomerate of restaurants, probably because advertising isn’t in the budget, and the local eateries get most of its recommendations by word of mouth, or from a nod in the Stern’s book.
But, lately, I’m really confused why some people hate ALL chains? Or even the philosophy of a chain.
I’ve made it clear that I’m no fan of Arby’s and Waffle House, but why are all chains getting slammed?
Some chains, do a lot of good in their communities and do lots to help local groups, and promote and sponsor local events. For example, some chain restaurants sponsor baseball and softball teams, support the Lions and Rotary clubs, support the local school, allow non-profits to hold monthy meetings at a table free of charge, etc.
Do those who simply hate all chains also hate chain grocery stores, like a Wegman’s or Publix? Do they only go to the mom and pop grocers where the can of soup is 50% more than the cost of the same soup at said chain grocer? Do all independent restaurants, grocers and assorted businesses give scholarships to their employees for college or business school?
The Stern’s themselves have reviewed many chain restaurants as a roadfood spot, some are here on this site. Should those places be subject to extreme criticism simply because they are part of a larger chain?
I was under the assumption that most chains are franchises, therefore, many of those establishments are owned locally.
I buy my camping gear at Walmart. They sell Coleman and other nationally known outdoor products. The guy at one Walmart in particular, who sells the fire arms, has been incredibly helpful to me to pick the right equipment for my needs. And he didn’t always suggest the most expensive item. I never bought a gun either.
Are all workers there that knowledgable? No. Are all Wal-marts full of experts? No. But then neither are all local places. For example, in DC, there are two locally owned hardware stores that have been around forever that I have frequented. One in Dupont Circle (I won’t print name), and Fragger’s on Cap Hill. While the Fragger’s employees are always excellent and helpful no matter what I need, the one near Dupont Circle was not overly helpful on my last two visits.
I think you see where I’m at and going with this one.
Why the chainophobia?