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Subject: Family Owned Restaurants or Chain Restaurants?

Written By: quirky_cat_girl on 10/15/06 at 10:34 pm

Which do you prefer to go to? Restaurants that are family owned...or the bigger chain restaurants?  In my opinion, I would rather patronize locally owned businesses. That's not saying that I don't go to places like Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Eat-n-Park, etc...but I would rather go to small, family owned restaurants. We have a place in our area called, "Jioio's"...they have the best pizza and Italian food. Chris and I go there a lot of times on our date nights.  I don't know...there's just something cozy about sitting in that type of restaurant on a Friday or Saturday night....it's totally packed with patrons...and run by family members...they usually have the best food too.

Subject: Re: Family Owned Restaurants or Chain Restaurants?

Written By: Sister Morphine on 10/15/06 at 10:38 pm

I have no preference.

Subject: Re: Family Owned Restaurants or Chain Restaurants?

Written By: whistledog on 10/15/06 at 10:54 pm

I used to go to Family Owned Restaurants often, but the food they serve is usually too much for me to eat.  Fries and Gravy comes on this jumbo sized plate with a mountain of fries.  I get

Subject: Re: Family Owned Restaurants or Chain Restaurants?

Written By: Ashkicksass on 10/16/06 at 10:02 am

I'm prefer family owned places.  There's a little Italian resturant near our house called Chef Tom's, and it has, hands down, the best Italian food I've ever had.  We go there at least once a month.  I also like little family bakeries and coffee shops - I would much rather support a local family than a big corporation.

Subject: Re: Family Owned Restaurants or Chain Restaurants?

Written By: KKay on 10/16/06 at 10:15 am

I'm a fan of the family owned joint.  There are three on the island that i love.  Canlon's has great italian and steaks and a 5 person bar that I love.  it's been in their family for three generations.
The Rosebank Fountain is an old soda fountain that is now a little diner.  The food is ready in seconds.  Great for a grilled cheese or burger.
Last is The Bridge- it is the place where the movie "Two Story House" (wrong title...something like that- about a bar and the people that live upstairs...)  was filmed...It has been open since before the construction of the Bayonne Bridge (not sure the year) and though it changed hands, the decor is the same since then.

Subject: Re: Family Owned Restaurants or Chain Restaurants?

Written By: Barefoot_Blues on 10/18/06 at 9:36 pm

I usually like Family Owned better. We had the best mexican restaurant that was family owned. Sadly it closed down 2 years ago. :\'(

Subject: Re: Family Owned Restaurants or Chain Restaurants?

Written By: Tanya1976 on 10/19/06 at 9:02 pm

No preference here.

Subject: Re: Family Owned Restaurants or Chain Restaurants?

Written By: DJ Midas on 10/19/06 at 11:01 pm

Family owned.  More often than not the overall quality of food is better, and if the family cares to stay in business, so is the service.

Subject: Re: Family Owned Restaurants or Chain Restaurants?

Written By: McDonald on 10/21/06 at 1:23 pm

Well, I'll go to any restaurant at least once, but I prefer neither the chain nor the family owned. I prefer the privately owned haute cuisine places with a talented chef and an excellent wine list. That comes from having worked in one of those places for a long time. One thing I like is that around here, a lot of restaurants let you bring your own wine, which certainly saves money. You know the kind of mark-up a restaurant pulls on a bottle of wine.

Subject: Re: Family Owned Restaurants or Chain Restaurants?

Written By: Suicidal Blonde on 10/25/06 at 12:08 pm


Well, I'll go to any restaurant at least once, but I prefer neither the chain nor the family owned. I prefer the privately owned haute cuisine places with a talented chef and an excellent wine list. That comes from having worked in one of those places for a long time. One thing I like is that around here, a lot of restaurants let you bring your own wine, which certainly saves money. You know the kind of mark-up a restaurant pulls on a bottle of wine.


Yeah, but do they charge a corking fee? Most places that let you bring in your own wine, charge a small fee to open it.

Subject: Re: Family Owned Restaurants or Chain Restaurants?

Written By: McDonald on 10/27/06 at 12:02 pm


Yeah, but do they charge a corking fee? Most places that let you bring in your own wine, charge a small fee to open it.


I believe they do, but I'd rather pay a $5 fee than a $50 one.

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