If you’ve ever struggled to decide what to have for dinner or where to get it, chances are that the names of chain restaurants in your area were the first to cross your mind. Chain restaurants are not all bad–for example, they provide a consistent and predictable menu, which is useful for travelers or anyone craving familiarity–but most would agree that they lack the appeal of a local family restaurant.
Our team here at Citrus the Diner is proud of our history as one such family restaurant, and we want to encourage more diners to give establishments like ours a try. In this article, we’ll go over a few reasons why you should eat at local family restaurants.
- Personal Investment- One advantage that family restaurants like ours have over giant chains is that the owners are personally invested in their business and customers. Our team wants every one of our guests to have the best possible experience, and we do our best to give everyone the personal attention they deserve.
- Flexibility and Creativity- While the phrase “family restaurant” conjures up images of tradition and sameness, the truth is that smaller establishments often have greater freedom to experiment with their menus than corporate chains. We have the freedom to change things up to keep our menu interesting, while those at brand-name restaurants are stuck with the standard set of dishes served all across the country.
- Community Support- A third reason to give your local family restaurant a try is that it is a great way to support your community. When people eat at corporate chain restaurants, a large percentage of that money is sucked out of the local economy and back to the brand’s headquarters. In contrast, when you eat at a local, family-owned establishment, all of the money you spend is immediately injected back into the community.