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Is technology endangering restaurants. . .

March 02, 2019 03:02PM
as we know them?

I ask this question based on a couple of news reports I saw tonight. One from St. Louis. . . another from Chicago.

The "technology" . . . apps for food delivery services such as Uber and Grub Hub. Where you never have to leave your home to enjoy your favorite foods.

On the plus side. . I do understand the convenience. You don't have to drive. . park. . .walk to your place of choice. . . and stand in line sometimes. You push a few buttons. . . settle in for the night and voila. . .a knock on the door and it's there.

The news report in St. Louis was about a few places in the Central West End district. . . and one of the reasons they cited for the closures was this "service." There is declining foot traffic. Empty tables. . . and slowing profitable sales.

Another report was about a pizzaria in Chicago with the same empty tables. . . for the same reason. And further being forced to now sell fried chicken, because there's a lot of demand for that in the area. . . according to Uber.

What I find sad about this is restaurants, bar and grills and dives have always been forums to get away from the norm. . . to meet new people. . . to exchange ideas. . . even, sometimes, end in marriages.

What I find even sadder, is that this is another movement that continues to place us in isolation from the world outside. And it reminds me of the cartoon movie "WALL-E". . . where the inhabitants of the space ship did nothing but push buttons to get whatever they wanted. . . which transformed them into obese, lethargic beings.

Maybe I'm overreacting. . . and I'm sure it won't kill this ages old industry. . . but would it be possible we'll be missing places. . . "where everybody knows your name."


  Is technology endangering restaurants. . .

RAMbeau152March 02, 2019 03:02PM

  We don't even have Pizza Delivery yet...

JamesJM74March 02, 2019 04:22PM

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RAMbeau92March 02, 2019 04:44PM

  Sure that counts... and also...

JamesJM65March 02, 2019 06:13PM

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RAMbeau77March 03, 2019 06:55AM

  You're right, times have changed...

JamesJM65March 03, 2019 08:06AM

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Atlantic Ram38March 05, 2019 02:23PM

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IowaRam42March 05, 2019 02:54PM

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JamesJM37March 05, 2019 03:11PM

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Atlantic Ram38March 05, 2019 04:14PM

  You reminded me of a line from M*A*S*H..

JamesJM35March 05, 2019 03:05PM

  oranges are grown to the east of me about 20 miles or so

21Dog36March 05, 2019 03:10PM

  Is there anything easier to grow than sweet corn?

JamesJM29March 05, 2019 03:14PM

  Yea , one nice thing about being from Iowa........

IowaRam35March 05, 2019 03:15PM

  I honestly think Corn is the all time greatest food...

JamesJM34March 05, 2019 03:17PM

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IowaRam39March 05, 2019 04:02PM

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Ramgator93March 04, 2019 07:24AM

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RAMbeau40March 10, 2019 12:28PM

  NO RESPECT!!! Attachments

Ramgator57March 10, 2019 02:28PM

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  Under those circumstances. . .

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  Re: Under those circumstances. . .

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waterfield35March 07, 2019 09:03AM

  Yes, I've heard and read about that...

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  Re: It worked?

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