Email Deals on Restaurants in Dallas: Good, Bad, or Ugly

Do you get several emails a day from companies like Groupon that offer discounted meals at Dallas restaurants?Some local businesses have experienced great success while others have lost money and have spent hours haggling with dissatisfied potential customers. One consumer asks the question

My girlfriend knows I love [fancy Italian restaurant], and she came across an offer on one of those coupon sites (Groupon/Living Social/Gilt City) recently so she bought one. Then today I got an email from a different coupon site for another deal at [same fancy Italian restaurant]. I don’t know how helpful these sites are for a business, but do you or any of your restaurant people think they are a sign that a restaurant is in trouble? Or is it just [fancy Italian restaurant] hoping to stir up some new business?

I’d love to hear from owners and customers: how has this new wave of coupon-clipping worked for you? If you could make it better, what would you do? Go.

(Rangers)

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