So I’ve noticed that I’ve begun frequenting independent or family-owned places more. Coffee shops mostly, but a few restaurants. I know that it’s from convenience, but also because I find I enjoy them more than the ubiquitous Starbucks or Olive Garden or any other chain. The family-owned or independent places do always seem to lack that sheen that chains have to their places, and not every morsel will taste delicious. Yet, the places are more eclectic and you can have that genial relationship with people who work there. Luke’s Diner from Gilmore Girls over Denny’s. I do like some things about the big guys, but anything that’s family-owned or independent I think will begin receiving my attention more.
What do you think, family-owned/independent over chains or do chains have you?