Thursday December 29, 2011
Squidoo founder, author and blogger extraordinaire Seth Godin writes about Park City, Utah restaurant El Chubasco in his latest blog entry. Claiming to have eaten there three times a day once, Godin uses this locally owned eatery as an example of how "thousands of little decisions" by caring business owners result in an unique product that can't be replicated. He argues that when businesses grow or restaurants turn into chains, "smart compromises" are made and the quality diminishes. Preach on, Seth! While many great local restaurant have expanded their business to include a few outpost locations to accommodate demand, quality almost invariably suffers when a restaurant approaches chain status. The unique vision of the owners and the operating procedures of the original tend to get watered down with the growth.