Home Cookin’: A Cause of Bennigan’s Demise?

Bennigan\'sA study by Chicago-based restaurant-consulting firm Technomic shows that we’re apparently getting our fill of eating out. Check out this Powerpoint presentation, especially pages 11 and 12 (if your computer doesn’t have a Powerpoint program, you won’t be able to see it). Looks like we’re eating at home now as much as we did in 1996. What kind of flair will it take to get you back into one of these joints, anyway?

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6 responses to “Home Cookin’: A Cause of Bennigan’s Demise?”

  1. amandacobra says:

    I originally read that as:

    A study by Chicago-based restaurant-consulting firm TECHNOTRONIC shows…

    And I got really excited there that Technotronic had branched out beyond “Pump Up the Jam” and really stretched themselves professionally into the realm of consulting. Sadly, it was not to be.

  2. Wes Mantooth says:

    Since Chotchkie’s is already taken, my greatest hope is that the chain will emerge from its re-org as Uncle Moe’s Family Feedbag. That place had flair.

  3. amanda says:

    Phunny, Amanda…

    Dave, the phood at chain restaurants is pre-phab and barely a step up from phast phood. Phlash phrozen phare does not a cheph make…

    Our phamily is trending toward eating out less, but better meals (Rise no. 1 comes to mind).

    My f key was broken, but appears to phine now…

  4. Don in Austin says:

    What kind of flair? How about a return to $2 a gallon gasoline. There’s bound to be a correlation between high gas prices and a reduction in restaurant business. It certainly has affected it in our household.

  5. Pete says:

    My wife is a personal chef in the Dallas area. In addition to small caterings, her main business is cooking a week’s worth of food for clients each weekday. Demand is strong and appears to be increasing despite a growing number of local personal chefs and the current economic weakness.

    One comment she hears regularly from her clients is “We’ve stopped eating out.” One client even wondered out load how many restaurants the personal chefs were putting out of business.