I knew it was only a matter of time before Anderson House
went out of business. The reason why they went out of business is for the same reason there's a fast food and non-roadfood chain forum on the Roadfood website. For some reason, the tradional regional roadfood restaurants in the midwest seems to have been hit hardest by the proliferation of casual dining chains, for example Dodd's in Indianapolis, Crabtree's Kitchen in Minnesota and The White Way and Stone's in Iowa for example.Here in New England it
wasn't very different, many of the old time diners (hundreds of them) in the Boston area serving the "food of the people" (cod cakes, baked beans and brown bread) were "taken out" by the proliferation of the Dunkin Donut chains. You can find one every 6 blocks (I'm not exaggarating- ask any New Englander) and they're packed to the gills. And mind you these restaurants didn't shut down their doors because the quality went down, the quality of these restaurants never waivered, just the quality in taste of their patrons went down the tubes.
I know I've lost the battle and the war. People who laughably call themselves "roadfooders" and continue to post on the chain forum and others like them are the ones to blame for the collapse and downfall of regional roadfood. The "time marches on speech" is a load of garbage, if that's the case these restaurants would have died out decades ago, but instead their demise has been "coincidentally timed" with the influx of national chains. Miami Don
I know the number of Cuban restaurants in Miami far exceed the number of Haitian Restaurants, however I'm fairly certain that the majority of Haitian Restaurants in Miami far exceed the number in any other city in the US.
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