8 thoughts on “Eat Local…at a Chain”

  1. Good for Chipotle, but if we’re talking chain Mexican food I’d rather have a branch of La Salsa in town (www.lasalsa.com). They’re slowly establishing a few beachheads east of the Mississippi.

  2. My head just about exploded when I heard that too. What an awesome precedent: a chain restaurant buying local food. I hope others jump on the bandwagon.

  3. Chipotle is a chain, so I won’t eat there.

    I just don’t get this mentality. Where do you draw the line? State chains, city chains, national chains?

    Plan 9 is a chain. Would you shop there?

  4. I just don’t get this mentality. Where do you draw the line? State chains, city chains, national chains?

    This is like asking somebody why they’re vegan/vegetarian/kosher/halal, and where they draw the line: you’ll get an answer, but it will probably do nothing to satisfy you.

    I strongly prefer doing business with locally-owned establishment, especially when it comes to restaurants. “Chain” is a shorthand for “non-locally-owned.” Bodo’s is both a chain (in the sense that there are three locations) and locally-owned. “Local” is a sliding scale. Charlottesville trumps central Virginia trumps Virginia trumps American trumps non-American.

  5. A lot of these chains are franchises, so they are often locally owned as well. So feel free to enjoy a Big Mac without breaking any of your rules.

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