Okay, I'm just loving this post from Amanda Marcotte, about how the recession is hitting awful, shitty chains, like TGI Friday's and The Olive Garden, especially hard. Key quote:
The question is: Why have things turned so badly for the ubiquitous, tasteless chain [Friday's]? And can we find a way to do it to Olive Garden?
Heh. Read it all. As a person who issues automatic disclaimers anytime I find myself embarrassed that I like something from a chain restaurant, this is a side effect of the recession that's just not making me sad.
Related: Oh, how ready I am to be back in a city where the locally-owned restaurants, of ALL flavors, spoil you to death. Just a couple of months...