Jboro can't support anymore restaurants
Dine In

Little Rock, AR

#144 Mar 18, 2013
YES wrote:
<quoted text>The structure, branding, organization, buying power, and financial backing that chains bring to the table is absolutely huge. It's the reason why this thread got started to some extent - people were correctly realizing that the chains have a huge advantage over locally owned, operated business. I'm not saying we ignore bad service or poor food quality out of local just because they are local, but I am saying that it's important to support our local restaurants because it is those restaurants that give Jonesboro any kind of unique flavor - otherwise it's just a bunch of chains like any town over 65K and we have the same exact restaurants as anyone else has ... boring.
I agree totally. I think Jonesboro has the draw in numbers because people come to Jobo from 50 or so miles in every direction. The local independent restaurants are indeed what makes the town the most desirable. My family and I patronize both but prefer the independents. I miss Piero's more than any.
Punisher

Parrish, FL

#145 Mar 19, 2013
YES wrote:
<quoted text>The structure, branding, organization, buying power, and financial backing that chains bring to the table is absolutely huge. It's the reason why this thread got started to some extent - people were correctly realizing that the chains have a huge advantage over locally owned, operated business. I'm not saying we ignore bad service or poor food quality out of local just because they are local, but I am saying that it's important to support our local restaurants because it is those restaurants that give Jonesboro any kind of unique flavor - otherwise it's just a bunch of chains like any town over 65K and we have the same exact restaurants as anyone else has ... boring.
If we wanted to help local restaurants, we'd end this dry county BS and save then the cost of private club licenses.
Dine In

Little Rock, AR

#146 Mar 19, 2013
Punisher wrote:
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If we wanted to help local restaurants, we'd end this dry county BS and save then the cost of private club licenses.
Agree 100%. The more conservative religious groups and liquor store owners just over the county line spend heavily to stop this for some reason that makes no sense to me.
foodie

Keller, TX

#147 Mar 19, 2013
Chains pull in out of town business. I prefer the Indies. Some like Bennigan's have some leeway to court local business. I miss Piero's. Liquor private license does hurt locals. I am pleased with all we have to choose from here.

Since: Dec 10

Jonesboro, AR

#148 Mar 19, 2013
Piero's/Vox 306 closing was definitely a sad thing.

Of the locally-owned restaurants downtown, judging by dinner crowds throughout the week I'd say Skinny J's and Godsey's are thriving. Kimono and Vino's 305 are always sparsely populated when I go (though maybe the latter does good late-night business?), which is a shame since both have very good food. Omar's doesn't seem to do a huge amount of business, but maybe their per-plate prices make up for it since they're an intimate white tablecloth sort of place. Dragon City seems to do great as delivery/take out, not so much for dine-in customers. My impression is that Chef's Inn does very well for itself, but I can never figure out in advance whether it will be open at a given time/day.
Yep

Jonesboro, AR

#149 Mar 19, 2013
Dine In wrote:
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Agree 100%. The more conservative religious groups and liquor store owners just over the county line spend heavily to stop this for some reason that makes no sense to me.
The real way that the dry county impacts the success of restaurants is at the distribution level. All liquor licenses in Craighead county regardless of what liquor store they buy from are essentially forced by ABC to buy from the same distributor. It's price fixing at the highest order. Why would anybody want to be the director of the ABC or sit on the ABC Board - there not that much money in terms of salaries. How much do you think having the sole distributorship and the ability to fix any price you want is worth under the table to a liquor distributor??? The restaurants who have liquor licenses are not making that much money off the liquor compared to say a restaurant in Memphis because they are paying just about what we're paying for it at the store. In any other free market scenario, there's 2-5 distributors furiously vying for the priviledge of providing liquor to a restaurant. In Jonesboro there is ZERO competition so prices are thru the roof and the ABC decides all with ZERO oversight from anyone. THATS were the dry county aspect really kills local restaurants.
Punisher

Parrish, FL

#150 Mar 19, 2013
Dine In wrote:
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Agree 100%. The more conservative religious groups and liquor store owners just over the county line spend heavily to stop this for some reason that makes no sense to me.
Not conservative religious groups, fanatical baptist. My guess would be that someone over the county line is making lots of money and doesn't want competition.
diner

Jonesboro, AR

#151 Mar 19, 2013
We have some chains that are pitiful. Need some new management bad! The locals may have some problems but people know what to expect from chains. Empty pans on a buffet and a room full of dirty tables just won't cut it. Waitresses that need to shave and managers that don't hear you when you talk to them aren't good enough. Dirty bathrooms and carpets that stink won't bring back business. I am tired of listening to employees hiding in the bathrooms on their cell phones. I don't care what your personal problems are. Grow up and earn my money with good food, decent prices and a smile. We went to a chain for lunch today. The hostess was a lovely well groomed grown up, the food was good and the place was clean. Guess where we will be again. I am sick of businesses that act like they are doing me a favor by being there.
question

Jonesboro, AR

#152 Mar 20, 2013
diner wrote:
We have some chains that are pitiful. Need some new management bad! The locals may have some problems but people know what to expect from chains. Empty pans on a buffet and a room full of dirty tables just won't cut it. Waitresses that need to shave and managers that don't hear you when you talk to them aren't good enough. Dirty bathrooms and carpets that stink won't bring back business. I am tired of listening to employees hiding in the bathrooms on their cell phones. I don't care what your personal problems are. Grow up and earn my money with good food, decent prices and a smile. We went to a chain for lunch today. The hostess was a lovely well groomed grown up, the food was good and the place was clean. Guess where we will be again. I am sick of businesses that act like they are doing me a favor by being there.
Would you be kind enough to share the name of the clean place with good service?
Hibtchi Grill

Jonesboro, AR

#153 Mar 20, 2013
That place has changed and not for the better.

Food was mediocre as usual.

Table service was very poor.

But the kicker is that at noon yesterday the music was very loud and was something that you expect to hear at a night club late at night.

It was nothing that us old folks would call relaxing dinner music.

Good luck to them on their "new" plan.

Ron's catfish on Dan avenue is still the best value for a buffet in my opinion.
Guest

Little Rock, AR

#154 Mar 20, 2013
diner wrote:
We have some chains that are pitiful. Need some new management bad! The locals may have some problems but people know what to expect from chains. Empty pans on a buffet and a room full of dirty tables just won't cut it. Waitresses that need to shave and managers that don't hear you when you talk to them aren't good enough. Dirty bathrooms and carpets that stink won't bring back business. I am tired of listening to employees hiding in the bathrooms on their cell phones. I don't care what your personal problems are. Grow up and earn my money with good food, decent prices and a smile. We went to a chain for lunch today. The hostess was a lovely well groomed grown up, the food was good and the place was clean. Guess where we will be again. I am sick of businesses that act like they are doing me a favor by being there.
If you see this or experience it then speak to the manager and politely point out what you see as unacceptable. I eat in Jonesboro often including the chains and rarely see what you're talking about. Sometimes when they are beyond crowded they have problems keeping things on the table but often times that because they have given the server more tables than they can reasonable see to. Red Lobster is bad about this and I feel sorry for the servers busting their asses to get everybody tended. People get mad and don't tip or undertip them thinking they were bad servers when it's the chain's fault for understaffing and giving too many tables to a server. I've spoken to the manager on two different occassions and asked them if they thought it was feasible to assign a specific number of tables to one server. They gave some lip service about how others help them out and the chain determines the number but I'm nice about it and go home and send the franchise an email about it. Probably a waste of my time but I've got plenty of that.

Since: Dec 10

Jonesboro, AR

#155 Mar 20, 2013
This forum thread motivated me to go eat at Kimono last night, and I'm glad I did. I found out they have volcano rolls on the menu, and mine tasted awesome! I'll probably branch out from the grill entrees now, knowing there are some interesting and tasty sushi options beyond the usual rolls.
diner

Jonesboro, AR

#156 Mar 20, 2013
question wrote:
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Would you be kind enough to share the name of the clean place with good service?
Bennigans. We were pleasantly surprised. Had burgers, egg rolls and soup. All very good. Our waiter was efficient and friendly, explained things on the menu. The bathroom was very clean. Most of the people working there were adults. We will go back.
guest

Jonesboro, AR

#157 Mar 21, 2013
Bruinsfan77 wrote:
This forum thread motivated me to go eat at Kimono last night, and I'm glad I did. I found out they have volcano rolls on the menu, and mine tasted awesome! I'll probably branch out from the grill entrees now, knowing there are some interesting and tasty sushi options beyond the usual rolls.
Kimono is the best sushi place in town with the best decor interior

Since: Dec 10

Jonesboro, AR

#158 Mar 25, 2013
I think I have to agree. I'm a regular at Hiro, and certainly have no complaints about them, but the special rolls at Kimono seem to be prepared with a bit more artistry (more like Vanh's Sushi when he was running the sushi bar out of Sai Thai Cuisine).
Dude

Jonesboro, AR

#159 Mar 25, 2013
Oriental Express!!!

I may have overlooked it, but I don't think anyone has mentioned Oriental Express on Browns Lane Access Rd. It's behind San Francisco Bread Co in the old Popeye's building.(Between Barton's and Burger King)

They have the freshest most flavorful Japanese, Korean, and Chinese food in town. Get the Spicy Dumplings and use the left over sauce on your white rice. That's good eats.

If Joe's is coming back, I'll be a happy camper.

Good eats!!
guest

Jonesboro, AR

#160 Mar 30, 2013
kimono and Vino's are great places that very few residents know about. It is worth your while to try them out a few times.
Guest

United States

#161 Mar 31, 2013
umarika wrote:
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.
This is very true. Same goes for those nail places.
Joe.

Jonesboro, AR

#162 Mar 31, 2013
Hibtchi Grill wrote:
That place has changed and not for the better.

Food was mediocre as usual.

Table service was very poor.

But the kicker is that at noon yesterday the music was very loud and was something that you expect to hear at a night club late at night.

It was nothing that us old folks would call relaxing dinner music.

Good luck to them on their "new" plan.

Ron's catfish on Dan avenue is still the best value for a buffet in my opinion.
Maybe u should go back to school -- what is the name of the restaurant u referred 2?
guest

Jonesboro, AR

#163 Apr 2, 2013
the secret to downtown is appreciating a walk on Main street. Another secret is to park on Church Street and the lots on both sides of the taller building. Union has a lot right across from Triple FM taht is free and you can walk through their parking lot to a gate behind the Triple FM building into the lot across from Piero's.

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