no chains allowedSince we are on the theme of consumer trends today, here is one that is a bit disturbing

The number of restaurant chain locations is on the rise, while the independent restaurant population is shrinking, according to global information company The NPD Group….Restaurant chain locations actually rose during the period, by 1 percent, to 287,312, from 283,600. But nearly 8,000 fewer independent restaurants were open compared with the previous year, 343,652, a 2-percent decrease from 351,433 in the fall of 2013.

This is a bad sign. We can’t create a genuine food culture out of chain restaurants.

When you go out to eat, please feed the locals.