A moment of silence for the end of the best time of the year for Red Lobster service staff.
Chain restaurants are starting to feel the pinch of the economy. It will be interesting to see if this slumping economy/bad housing market/high gas prices will weed out some of the crappier chain restaurants. My opinion is that it will cull the herd some, but not enough to really change the restaurant landscape in much of the USA.
I'm not an economist, but this economy thing needs to change. It's inflicting a larger burden on those who are in the lower portion of our economy, on those who can least afford the increase in prices and the problems that come with that.