Now I know I'm getting old and Curmudgeonly

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2013/02/06 09:33:10 (permalink)

Now I know I'm getting old and Curmudgeonly

The discussion about what counts as "roadfood" in another thread got me to stop and think.  When I first moved into this house, in 1993, dining in the immediate area was limited:
Chadds Ford Inn
Chadds Ford Tavern
Hanks
JImmy John's Hotdogs
Pizza Pan
One Chinese place
 
Today, 20 years later, not even a full generation:
Chadds Ford Inn has been totally revamped to become Brandywine Prime and it's Bistro offshoot
Chadds Ford Tavern has struggled under several ownership changes but still has the name
Pizza Pan's owner finally gave up after 26years due to competition from Dominoes, etc.(owners #4 trying to ressurect)
The Chinese place has undergone the typical sushi/fusion transfusion
 
Only Hanks and Jimmy Johns remain; All of them were independents
 
But...it that same general area there is now in addition:
 
The Big D
Subway
Arby's
Friendly's
Mile High Steakhouse
Texas Roadhouse
PF Changs
American Grille
Buffalo Wild Wings
A Defunct Bennigans that then became a BBQ place, then an American Style placce and undergoing a faceligft
Chick O'Fil
Five Guys
Pescatores
Primo Subs
One of the Italian Chains ( not Olive Garden)
Harvest Restaurant
McKenzies Brewhouse
Some Bread/Sandwich place ( not Pannera's) that has other locations
Dominoes
Enzo's (local but several other spots)
  
 
plus a number of Pizza, Thai, "Asian" places that seem to go in and out. And a few I forgot. Oh, and we have a Wawa on every four corners serving up subs and soup along with gas(everyone of them packed)
 
Now we are not Las Vegas or Florida and just busting at the seams to build new housing. Yes, a number of new developments have gone in, some with the Townhouse/Condo approach, but hardly enough to suport such a growth in eating establishments.  Most of the new adds are not what one would associate with "Roadfood", but it is interesting that the two true Roadfooders...Hanks and Jimmy John's... still packs them in. There was a family owned Italian place that tried to make a go, but fell apart and the place is now vacant
 
And on a side note, it seems we have a new bank for every 2 food places that have sprouted. Some Big (eg. BoA); some more "local".
 
It is amazing to me that the area population can support so many
 
Of course, if I flip back another 30+ years, I can remember growing up on Cape Cod in a town of 10,000 that swelled to 40,000 in summer.  There were plenty of places to eat in the summer, but the pickings were pretty slim Sept-May. Other than a Hojo, I think they were all independents.
 
So...now that my senility kicks back in, I'm wondering why I am even posting this.  I guess it's because the idea (in my mind) of a roadfood place is one that prides itself on home-made "stuff", often serving the same thing year after year, where locals tend to congregate and a few lucky visitors get to "find it" on a trip.  Most of the additions to my area rely on corporate formulas...and the general public seems to prefer that.
 
Ok Soapbox is being kicked out to sea.
post edited by FriedClamFanatic - 2013/02/06 09:39:56
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    CCinNJ
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    Re:Now I know I'm getting old and Curmudgeonly 2013/02/06 09:42:17 (permalink)
    "Where locals tend to congregate" is a big factor in the survival of establishments.

    That often is the only way Roadfood survives and thrives for the lucky visitors.
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    Re:Now I know I'm getting old and Curmudgeonly 2013/02/06 09:46:25 (permalink)
    You want to be a curmudgeon you have to go through me.
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    Re:Now I know I'm getting old and Curmudgeonly 2013/02/06 10:34:24 (permalink)
    Glad to hear that Jimmy Johns is still there.  Great hot dogs!
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    Re:Now I know I'm getting old and Curmudgeonly 2013/02/06 16:47:21 (permalink)
    Michael Hoffman

    You want to be a curmudgeon you have to go through me.


    Will always bow down to you as "Number 2".I am number 6..but who is number one?  (From the old Prisoner TV show)
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    Re:Now I know I'm getting old and Curmudgeonly 2013/02/06 16:49:03 (permalink)
    ChrisOC

    Glad to hear that Jimmy Johns is still there.  Great hot dogs!


    They had a major fire a few years back when a propane tank let loose..thought that was gonna be the end to that prime piece of real estate................but to their credit, they re-built and are going as strong as ever!
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    Re:Now I know I'm getting old and Curmudgeonly 2013/02/06 17:34:05 (permalink)
    I take it that is not the Jimmy John's sub franchise.
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    Re:Now I know I'm getting old and Curmudgeonly 2013/02/06 18:25:28 (permalink)
    kland01s

    I take it that is not the Jimmy John's sub franchise.


    Nope.not even close!  In fact, I'm not sure you can get a sub in there.  But you CAN get some great Dogs and the toy trains around the inside will bring out the kid in you.....or bring kids!
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    Re:Now I know I'm getting old and Curmudgeonly 2013/02/06 21:53:49 (permalink)
    Michael Hoffman

    You want to be a curmudgeon you have to go through me.

     
    I thought Lisa made you give up that title?

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    Re:Now I know I'm getting old and Curmudgeonly 2013/02/06 22:20:29 (permalink)
    We have to pry it from his cold dead hands...
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    Re:Now I know I'm getting old and Curmudgeonly 2013/02/06 23:06:05 (permalink)
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    Michael Hoffman

    You want to be a curmudgeon you have to go through me.


    I thought Lisa made you give up that title?

    Nah, she just calls me Knucklehead instead of Curmudgeon.

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    Re:Now I know I'm getting old and Curmudgeonly 2013/02/06 23:07:24 (permalink)
    1bbqboy

    We have to pry it from his cold dead hands...

    Well, if the hip replacemet surgery goes as I expect that won't be long in coming.

    post edited by Michael Hoffman - 2013/02/07 09:01:11
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    Re:Now I know I'm getting old and Curmudgeonly 2013/02/06 23:24:35 (permalink)
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    1bbqboy

    We have to pry it from his cold dead hands...

    Well, if the hip replacemet surgery goes as I expect that won't belng in coming.

    Geez, Louise!.and here we expected to see you on "Dancing with the Stars" in 3 months!  Wondering what unknown beauty you will be picking to dance with the famous "Mr. Hoffman"
     
    PS.watchout for the tango
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    Re:Now I know I'm getting old and Curmudgeonly 2013/02/07 09:01:58 (permalink)
    The only beauty I'm permitted to dance with is lleechef.
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    Re:Now I know I'm getting old and Curmudgeonly 2013/02/07 10:50:47 (permalink)
    He just wants another roasted chicken.......
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    Re:Now I know I'm getting old and Curmudgeonly 2013/02/07 14:06:34 (permalink)
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    kland01s

    I take it that is not the Jimmy John's sub franchise.


    Nope.not even close!  In fact, I'm not sure you can get a sub in there.  But you CAN get some great Dogs and the toy trains around the inside will bring out the kid in you.....or bring kids!

     
    http://www.hollyeats.com/JimmyJohns.htm

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