Jboro can't support anymore restaurants

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guest

Jonesboro, AR

#1 Feb 26, 2013
We are going to lose our locally owned restaurants because the chains are being recruited recklessly. The chains have so much national advertising that they can put out the local restaurants.
guests

Jonesboro, AR

#2 Feb 26, 2013
The only local restaurants that will survive are downtown. All the other ones will have a hard time competing with chains.
Guest

United States

#3 Feb 26, 2013
Compete or get out.

“truth is a three edged sword”

Since: Jan 11

Babylon 5, Epsilon Eridani

#4 Feb 26, 2013
all it means is the locally owned restaurants will have to improve their food and customer service and do their own advertising.
What it really mean

Jonesboro, AR

#5 Feb 26, 2013
It means that we as consumers must continue to support the "locally owned" business and not buy from the chains if you want the locals to survive.

Just remember, Wal-Mart did put the locally owned grocery stores, hardware stores, clothing stores and gas stations out of business.

YOU AND I as consumers fell for the "we sell for less than we would like to" slogan, when many items are still cheaper and we get good service from the few locals that survived.

We have switched a lot of our purchases to the Internet. I know many people who go to the brick and mortar stores and try out the products then go home and order them on line from someone else.

The locals didn't close up and run the day wal-mart opened. They hung on as long as they could and we deserted them.
So when Wal-mart, Dollar General, etc, become the only game in town, they can charge what ever they want and we will no longer have a choice.

Oh yes, by that time the government will take over all the stores and manufacturing and we will get everything we want for free.
Good place to eat

Jonesboro, AR

#6 Feb 26, 2013
Right now Ron's Catfish is one of the best bargains in the area in my opinion.

On Tue, Wed and Thursday you can get the all you can eat buffet, with salad, drink, and desert for $9.75 including tax. That is lunch and dinner price both.

Friday and Saturday are a little more.

Eat all you want. He has the best chicken breasts anywhere. They are large and always cooked to perfection.

Unlike Ryans, I never see an empty pan at Ron's even when the place is packed.
I have been to Ryans and some of the pans were empty during my entire meal.

Compare that to a sandwich, fries, and drink at most fast food places for $ 5-$7.00.

The one and only time I went to 5 guys, a large cheeseburger, small fries and small drink was $11.71. You can have your "salad" on your burger if you order all the toppings which are no extra cost. Desert is extra.

We fat folks love buffets.
Agree

Jonesboro, AR

#7 Feb 26, 2013
A city's unique personality is defined by their locally owned/run businesses. We are actually blessed with a number of good, unqiue, fun, and entertaining local restaurants/bars in Downtown. Support your locally owned eateries or lose what little character Jonesboro has!
guests

Jonesboro, AR

#9 Feb 26, 2013
Agree wrote:
A city's unique personality is defined by their locally owned/run businesses. We are actually blessed with a number of good, unqiue, fun, and entertaining local restaurants/bars in Downtown. Support your locally owned eateries or lose what little character Jonesboro has!
Well said bruh. This towns downtown is unique and especially for a town our size in the South. We have to support local businesses from on line and chain competition.
oh heck yea

Jonesboro, AR

#10 Feb 26, 2013
Yep wrote:
<quoted text>Brown/Haag and other realtors are $$ sharks and don't care how many chain restaurants they bring in, don't care if they make it or if the locally owned restaurants make it. If fact the more businesses that fail, just mean more potential commision(s) for them. I see where Pannera bread company is for sale ... boy was that fast! Grand opening - grand closing and they have a huge budget for advertising, marketing, etc and still couldn't compete. Wimpy's will be gone soon. Taco Kid won't make it. I doubt that Five Guys really maintains it's following. Jimmy John's will have a rough road to hoe. I'm with "Agree" - support locally owned restaurants - the best of which are Downtown.
We have to start supporting downtown establishments much better. Brown Hag are selling out our town for their own personal gain. I think they had a positive impact early but now they have saturated the market. I do hope that they recognize it before it is too late. They don't care if the new chains make it as long as they sign the contract and then Josh is off to his next chain victim.
guest

Jonesboro, AR

#11 Feb 26, 2013
Yep support downtown. Eat at Bennigans.
local

Jonesboro, AR

#12 Feb 26, 2013
These places need our help
Kimono is very cool, Hiro and Fuji
Vinos 305
Skinny J's
Godsey's,
Omar's
Kirin
Fat City
Sai

guest

Bellevue, WA

#13 Feb 26, 2013
racists!
Mac

State University, AR

#14 Feb 26, 2013
local wrote:
These places need our help
Kimono is very cool, Hiro and Fuji
Vinos 305
Skinny J's
Godsey's,
Omar's
Kirin
Fat City
Sai
Of the places you mentioned, I have eaten at all of them several times except Kimono's and Hiro's.

They are ALL very good. Omar's is more expensive, but it's a place I think most of us go to occasionally...and it's great to have a place like that for special occasions. The others are less expensive but also delicious.

Anyone who hasn't tried those places needs to do so.

And they all have specials, so it doesn't cost and arm and a leg to eat at any of them.
Mac

State University, AR

#15 Feb 26, 2013
Yep wrote:
<quoted text>Brown/Haag and other realtors are $$ sharks and don't care how many chain restaurants they bring in, don't care if they make it or if the locally owned restaurants make it. If fact the more businesses that fail, just mean more potential commision(s) for them. I see where Pannera bread company is for sale ... boy was that fast! Grand opening - grand closing and they have a huge budget for advertising, marketing, etc and still couldn't compete. Wimpy's will be gone soon. Taco Kid won't make it. I doubt that Five Guys really maintains it's following. Jimmy John's will have a rough road to hoe. I'm with "Agree" - support locally owned restaurants - the best of which are Downtown.
What you say may be true, but don't blame Haag/Brown. Those national chains do population/income studies before going into a place, so they're not going to come to Jonesboro because Haag/Brown invited them.
Guest

Irving, TX

#16 Feb 26, 2013
Mac wrote:
<quoted text>
What you say may be true, but don't blame Haag/Brown. Those national chains do population/income studies before going into a place, so they're not going to come to Jonesboro because Haag/Brown invited them.
This, lot of ignorant ramblings up above. The national chains have guidelines they go by, once you fall in them, they will look at your market. What local restaurants are going under due to the chains? Downtown is nice and I enjoy it, but parking is a turnoff at times, and most places have their own problems too.

Also, Panera isn't going anywhere, just the building is for sale and has been for a while, it's actually a good ROI.
umarika

Jonesboro, AR

#17 Feb 26, 2013
What people need to be considering when they choose where to eat is whether or not the owners are legal taxpaying citizens. Many of these foreign owned restaurants, hotels, convenience stores, etc are paying neither payroll taxes or income taxes on their profits by claiming the tax credit for foreign investment. They bring over their own illegal help and don't pay legal wages. Plus many of these places under-report their sales to avoid paying sales taxes. Legitimate American business owners have to try to compete with this, and its impossible. At least the chains are pumping some of their sales back into the community by paying their employees wages and paying sales tax to the city, county, and state. This applies to Asian, Mexican, and Middle Eastern owned business.

People need to get wise to this while we still have American-owned options. I'm not racist, but all businesses should be expected to play by the same rules and pay the same taxes.
Cathouse Mouse

Jonesboro, AR

#18 Feb 26, 2013
The local businesses aren't answering to a board of directors, so it could be argued that they have an economic advantage. I don't think the chain restaurants are hurting them. The restaurants mentioned, Wimpy's and Taco Kid are going under because the ownership is piss poor. Look at the full parking spots downtown, the restaurants that are locally owned and well run are flourishing. If not for the chain restaurants, most of us would never get a parking spot or a table at any of our local spots!
Black

Fayetteville, AR

#19 Feb 26, 2013
The local places can make themselves stand out by providing superior food and service compared to the chains.

If they're unable to do that, why do they "deserve" to stay in business?
umarika

Jonesboro, AR

#20 Feb 26, 2013
Cathouse Mouse wrote:
The local businesses aren't answering to a board of directors, so it could be argued that they have an economic advantage. I don't think the chain restaurants are hurting them. The restaurants mentioned, Wimpy's and Taco Kid are going under because the ownership is piss poor. Look at the full parking spots downtown, the restaurants that are locally owned and well run are flourishing. If not for the chain restaurants, most of us would never get a parking spot or a table at any of our local spots!
NO ONE downtown is flourishing. The "full" parking lots are divided among all the eateries downtown and the people who live and work there. Parking lots are poor indicators of successful restaurants. Lunch and early dinner customers often drive separately, creating the illusion of a packed establishment, when a single table of 8 may be occupying 6 parking spaces.

3 Darden restaurants each pulling over $100,000 per week outta the local market is definitely making life hard for the non-corporate restaurants. Although people stupid enough to pay the prices at Olive Garden and Red Lobster (for the quantity and quality of food) are living proof that a fool and his money are soon parted.

I miss Joe's Pizza..
Cathouse Mouse

Jonesboro, AR

#21 Feb 26, 2013
umarika wrote:
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NO ONE downtown is flourishing. The "full" parking lots are divided among all the eateries downtown and the people who live and work there. Parking lots are poor indicators of successful restaurants. Lunch and early dinner customers often drive separately, creating the illusion of a packed establishment, when a single table of 8 may be occupying 6 parking spaces.
3 Darden restaurants each pulling over $100,000 per week outta the local market is definitely making life hard for the non-corporate restaurants. Although people stupid enough to pay the prices at Olive Garden and Red Lobster (for the quantity and quality of food) are living proof that a fool and his money are soon parted.
I miss Joe's Pizza..
I eat downtown a lot. Seems like they all have customers all the time. There are at least 65,000 people in this town, which is a, fair bit more than the local restaurants can handle. I'm sorry that you dislike corporate restaurants, but they employ a lot of people, and they have studied Jonesboro enough to know it was a safe bet they could make it here. I didn't see local restaurants buying the land and building restaurants before Darden did. In this economy, no business is doing what they'd like, but except for the restaurants that were doomed from day one, I think the local guys are making it.

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