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Forget The Chain Restaurants- Eat Local

| Sande Caplin |

I have a bit of a rant this morning!  Last night it was a little cold on the Suncoast  ….cloudy, damp and in the 50’s.  If you’re a local, you love it.  If you’re a snowbird or on vacation, well you don’t like it!  It was a good night to go out to eat!

While driving around, I noticed every “franchise” restaurant was rather busy.  You know the ones- The Olive Garden, Applebee’s, McDonalds, Outback, Red Lobster and more.  The “locally” owned restaurants were half empty and I was wondering why?

The next time you go out to dinner, “eat local,” meaning go to a restaurant that is locally owned and not a franchise.  This holds true all over the country but especially here in our town.  

We have fabulous locally owned restaurants with awesome food, drinks and entertainment.  Literally hundreds!  If you have a favorite one, please share it here!  We will spread the word.

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