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Craig

Herrin, IL

#21 Sep 25, 2012
That $20/hr Costco pay isn't entirely true. Cashiers and bottom level workers make between $10-15/hr. It isn't bad for younger singles and those looking to bring a second income into the home, but barely a livable wage for those with kids.
Pancho Villa

Marion, IL

#22 Sep 25, 2012
Que Costco in Star Bond area? More mierde de caballo...
fancy

Carbondale, IL

#23 Sep 25, 2012
WHAT?
jill-off

Herrin, IL

#24 Sep 25, 2012
That's Spanish for "Horse ****"
fancy

Carbondale, IL

#25 Sep 26, 2012
I wish people would be more positive, more jobs, more people, Does any one know when the building is going to began in the starbond and what first?
Alfred E Neuman

Marion, IL

#26 Sep 26, 2012
Good point. More people= more voters= diminished power for the inbred corruptocracy in city government.
Cant wait

United States

#27 Oct 8, 2012
Cant wait
sickles

Marion, IL

#28 Oct 30, 2012
well, any definite date been set as of yet? That place looks polished and ready to go.
Thinking

Marion, IL

#29 Oct 30, 2012
I would like to summarize this establishment....Underfed & overpriced !
Marilyn2

Carbondale, IL

#30 Oct 30, 2012
Panera opens Wednesday, Nov 7 at 6am
sickles

Marion, IL

#31 Oct 30, 2012
Thank you Marilyn!

Thinking, what do you mean? I don't mind the price when it's a once a week thing. The YP2 menu is inexpensive and I like their sandwiches and French Onion soup. If underfed means not much food, then yeah, this isn't a hog-trough like Golden Corral.
Luka Brazzi

Marion, IL

#32 Oct 30, 2012
...or any buffet except Mongolian.
Thinking

Marion, IL

#33 Oct 30, 2012
sickles wrote:
Thank you Marilyn!
Thinking, what do you mean? I don't mind the price when it's a once a week thing. The YP2 menu is inexpensive and I like their sandwiches and French Onion soup. If underfed means not much food, then yeah, this isn't a hog-trough like Golden Corral.
The meaning is exactly what I said. Portion sizes have become much smaller than used to be. I have never eaten Golden Corral, Ryans, Western Sizzling, or any other buffet except @ Disney. Be a smart consumer not a cheerleader for corporate profit margins. Dumbing down of consumers is what business likes...
Marilyn2

Marion, IL

#34 Oct 30, 2012
went to the Carbondale location last week and had their new Sonoma chicken soup and it comes with a piece of bread in the soup and a piece of baquette and it was very filling. Im ready for next week.
sickles

Marion, IL

#35 Nov 6, 2012
Thinking wrote:
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Be a smart consumer not a cheerleader for corporate profit margins. Dumbing down of consumers is what business likes...
Enjoying their Cuban sandwich and soups there has nothing to do with corporate loyalty. When you make a product that appeals to people then the people will buy it. Much like McDonald's. I do not like their food, it's nasty, but they get a lot of business because someone wants it.
sickles

Marion, IL

#36 Nov 6, 2012
Not to mention, there are few places where one can go and just sit and enjoy a bowl of soup and read a book without being bothered or considered a loiterer. There are too many distractions at home and many other places would run you off if you tried to :hang out" for a couple of hours.

and wouldn't getting on board with the "anti- corporate" message and doing as the anti-corporates do just make me a sheep of their message too?
Thinking

Marion, IL

#37 Nov 6, 2012
sickles wrote:
Not to mention, there are few places where one can go and just sit and enjoy a bowl of soup and read a book without being bothered or considered a loiterer. There are too many distractions at home and many other places would run you off if you tried to :hang out" for a couple of hours.
and wouldn't getting on board with the "anti- corporate" message and doing as the anti-corporates do just make me a sheep of their message too?
as usual i must spell it out for people that can't understand the context. my OPINION is the PORTION SIZES are SMALLER than they used to be, however the PRICES haven't changed. The food is of good quality so I choose to go elsewhere where i get more VALUE for my purchase, and do not mean the " Buffets "... I will PAY more for MORE, not MORE for less. To your point about sitting and "enjoying soup and reading " I assume you mean to take a table of 4 with your computer, and a parking spot for hours..I consider it loitering, why not the Library after you eat. You do understand reading a book at a restaurant is taking a table and a parking spot, or don't care which is it ???
sickles

Marion, IL

#38 Nov 6, 2012
Many Paneras have a bar stool and bar table setup making it to where you won't take up space, and Paneras are never so full to where people are waiting. These seats are typically in a section where people tend to hang out and do work and Panera is ok with it. There is the other part of the place that is for those who choose to eat and split. If it's after 1pm (lunch rush over), and the place has slowed down, then a person should have the right to relax and hav some soup and coffee as long as the restaurant is OK with it.

As far as portions, I'd have to disagree with you. Portions in restaurants are now larger and prices can be higher in many cases. The current medium cup from McDonald's was a large 25 years ago as was the current medium fries. Double cheeseburgers are no larger or smaller than 25 years ago, and amazingly, the price is nearly the same too. As far as other sandwiches like Big macs, those are pricier. The creation of the "meal number" menu several years ago did allow food joints to jack up prices yet make us think we're getting a deal with a bundled meal.

Pizzas from large chains are another thing that are much cheaper. Many large chains offer large one-topping take-outs for five or six bucks when these same pizzas were $10-12 around 1990.

The typical soda in convenience store coolers were 16 ounces in the 80s only to be replaced by the 20 ounce bottle in the early 90s. Now soda is one of those things that has gone up in price, but that depends largely on how and where you buy it.

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