I am a huge advocate of supporting small mama and pop restaurants for many reasons. It might be because I am a retired Chef, now a thriving real estate professional in Tampa Florida. So I understand both sides of the coin. I know from first hand experience all the hard work and commitment that it takes in owning and working in a restaurant. But I also understand from a real estate point of view on why it's vital for local communities to show more support to small privately owned restaurants.
They are sometimes hidden gems in your local communities. Showing support for local restaurants ensures that the character and eccentricity that make your home town uniquely yours stay in business and thriving. When you dine locally, you are saying, hey I'm glad that you're in my community and I choose to support you over a large industrialized restaurant.
What happens in your community stays in your community. Independently owned restaurants are more likely to get their ingredients and supplies from local growers. So in return these small privately owned restaurants keep our money locally also. The more money stays in our local neighborhoods, the stronger our community maintain their property value.
You would be surprised on how affordable dining locally can be. It's conveniently because you don't need to waste gas since you are choosing to dine within your own neighborhood. With gas prices always rising, dining local is a smart way to cut down on your transportation budget. Leaving more money in your pocket for giving your waitress a better tip $$.
One of the biggest attractions towards small privately owned restaurants is very simple yet the most important factor in my humble opinion. Customer service. When you visit a small mama & pop restaurant often, you will notice the difference. There are exceptions to every rule, though from my own personal experience as a Chef and restaurant owner myself, generally speaking you should expect that a smaller business will provide better customer service. Once the owner and his staff recognizes you, you will start to receive a more personalized, hand-on noteworthy customer care. They might even start treating you like family. Which is the whole point of dining out locally in the first place. You are searching for an evening of enchanting your palate with exquisite dishes that you won't find anywhere else.
Local small restaurant owners understand the importance of keeping you wanting to return again and again. So for them it's vital in making sure that all your wants are kept satisfied. On many occasions, the restaurant owner will come and say hello to your table to make sure that your dining experience is a memorable one. And if you are not happy, they will go out of their way in ensuring that you are pleased with their service and their delectable menu.
I am always searching for new local restaurants to visit, so if you have a local hidden gem shoot me an email and share it with me. I would love to check them out.