That was my initial reaction to the news that Bennigan’s was closing 300 of its eponymous dumps along with some Steak and Ales, as well. If I could close all of the mediocre crap chain restaurants in this country, I would do it in a heartbeat.
Then I started to think about all of the poor folks who will be losing their job. This led to a contemplation of the sorry state of this country and its even sorrier economy. Then I went back to “screw it, there are less crap restaurants in the country!”
Okay, I am not really that heartless, but I do hope that something good can come out of our screwed up economy. If some of these culinary WalMarts go out of business while times are tough, perhaps they can be replaced by real restaurants and some mom and pop type joints when things improve. I am tired of diners as upscale kitsch. I am tired of people being duped into spending their hard earned cash on mediocre, over-cooked, over-salted, deep fried, horribly sauced garbage. I am tired of having to search out quality in a country that can grow and raise the best of everything if they so choose.
Bennigan’s? Good riddance! Chili’s, TGI Friday’s, and in a perfect world all of the other abominable chains should be next. Carraba’s can be spared, though. They seem to be the exception that proves the rule.