Here’s a battle that will resonate with a lot of you: a Subway franchise planned for Mariposa’s historic downtown district has thrown the town into a tizzy.
In one corner: Folks who want to protect locally owned, independent restaurants from competition with chains. Check out their Facebook group “No Way! No Subway in Mariposa!” (See the group’s logo, at right.)
In the other corner: Facebook group “STFU, Subway Will Not Hurt Mariposa. Yes to Subway in ‘Posa!” Their page says: “Bring it On, They have cheap, healthy food, might actually be open regularly, creates Jobs, provides Healthey [sic] Economic Competition for the other Restaurants that make sandwiches. It’s a GOOD thing.”
The Mariposa County Board of Supervisors will hear the issue on Tuesday morning.
This is a battle that could happen just about anywhere. We saw it in 1997, when Starbucks was looking for a spot in the Tower District.
And we’ve seen it worldwide. In the 1980s, the entry of a McDonald’s in Rome sparked the Slow Food movement. (As a side note, McDonald’s recent introduction of a McItaly line of burgers has outraged Slow Foodists yet again.)
So, what do you think? Are you one of those folks who loves Cheesecake Factory/Panera Bread/P.F. Chang’s/Famous Dave’s and cares not a whit that they’re chains? Or do you always go for the locally owned, independent restaurants?