It’s been a rough few weeks for local restaurants, bars and nightclubs. You’ve read about some of these closures here at the Beehive, but here’s the final tally:
- Iron Bird Cafe
- Starline Grill
- Victoria Rose Restaurant
- Come and Get It Chicken and Waffles
- Bentley’s Steaks Seafood and Ribs
- The Express nightclub
- Thai Palms
They all closed for their own reasons, and you can read more about them in this weekend’s story that takes a look at the problem. The one thing they all have in common is that they’re still struggling with the lackluster economy.
The good news? You can do something about it. Break off the love affair with chain restaurants.
People here will wait an hour to get a table at Olive Garden, yet ignore the chef down the street who graduated from a local high school and who’s creating delicious food with locally sourced veggies and meat.
And this isn’t just me talking. The head of the school for entrepreneurship at Fresno State says that eating at local restaurants obviously keeps them open, but benefits our area’s economy as a whole.