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Has the Economy Affected Your Favorite Restaurants?

From reduced corkage fees to price adjustments, it seems like every restaurant has been affected by the poor economy. Although I've been reporting the trend for months, I only experienced it firsthand this past weekend. I was at my parents' house and we went to eat at one of my favorite restaurants, Bricks. However, the pizzeria was recently sold to new owners who changed the name and menu. The waitress insisted that some of the recipes were the same, but the atmosphere and food were noticeably different. I'm still heartbroken that my beloved Bricks — a place where I had so many wonderful dinners — has become a victim to the economic crisis. How about you?

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LittleMzFit LittleMzFit 7 years
Unfortunately, I have had to change what I order or I don't eat out. I don't really eat out alot anyway. Like when I eat Chinese..I just get soup and maybe an egg roll!
SellMoreMeals SellMoreMeals 7 years
I do think that the times are making it difficult for a number of my favorite restaurants. But they, thankfully, are still open and running. A number of them are doing things to cut costs and are being innovative and proactive in keeping and gaining more customers. The ones I go to are the ones where they've built a relationship with me.
partysugar partysugar 7 years
lisabarn: I'm not talking about Brick (I love Fly bar and Solstice), I'm talking about the restaurant formerly known as Bricks and now called Brixx. It's in Petaluma!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
Unfortunately, I don't know. The economy has affected me enough that I can't really afford to eat out much anymore.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
Yes, my favorite restaurant, Water City Grill, closed in March. It was the only good non-chain restaurant in the whole city and the chef who ran it was REALLY good. I hope they reopen when the economy starts rebounding a bit because I really miss it.
lisabarn lisabarn 7 years
I find that more places have great happy hours! Also, Party - Brick didn't get sold, it is the same owners, they just morphed the place into another Fly bar - thier more successful place on Divisadero & Fulton. http://sf.eater.com/archives/2009/04/20/the_shutter_brick_tuscany.php
cassedy04 cassedy04 7 years
Our one favorite italian restuarant has been adding extra olive oil to everything instead of thickening up the sauces with tomatoes or cream. it is appalling, so we put the restaurant on probabtion until it gets its act together lol. we still go back everyonce in a while for pizza and salad so that they get a little bit of business lol.
soapbox soapbox 7 years
Lately, a lot of the local restaurants only put bread on the table if you ask for it. And the wine bottles are actually smaller in some of them. Also, I've been noticing more BYOB signs.
mswender mswender 7 years
I am finding it easier to get reservations at great restaurants now. Nothing has been shut down, but you can go more places at the last minute.
Food Food 7 years
I loved Bong Su, so the day it closed was a sad one for me. However, other restaurants that I love — like Nate Appleman's restaurant A16 — are as packed as ever.
amloveaffair amloveaffair 7 years
There's a place here called "96th street steakburgers" here in Indiana (I think our town is the 2nd or 3rd location) that we went to yesterday and we realized they were being hit by the economy. They've had a 'all combos half price' going for a few weeks and they stopped offering lids and straws if you dine in. They also stopped doing a few other things so you can just tell it's been kind of bad for them!
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
there's one place that my mom and i would include in our rotation of weekend lunches that's not open anymore and it puts a real crimp in our plans now. instead of having 4 places to rotate, we're stuck with only 3....and i miss some of the foods that i got there!
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