USA Today posted a story today regarding the actions that the national casual chains (like TGI Friday’s and Applebee’s) are taking to combat the recent slump in sales.
I wasn’t aware of a national slump in casual restaurant sales, and I try to follow these things pretty closely. It does make sense, though, with the overall slowing of the economy.
I am curious as to how this is affecting the local restaurants, but I haven’t heard anything through the grapevine. The local independents would more likely chalk it up to the summer slump that is typical for Richmond. (Richmonders tend to leave town for summer vacation at a rate that exceeds vacationers coming to Richmond.)