A Harvard press piece about restaurants was ruminating about public eating and the change in that space. It said, in part, “Part of the transformation of daily life wrought by Amazon and online retailing more generally, this hyper-individualization of consumption may bring a new political revolution as well.”
I hadn’t thought about it in quite that way, but it certainly reflects the eatery businesses here in Cedar City, Utah
Other than Denny’s, Applebees, Chili’s, and I-Hop, there are only two eateries that are truly “diners”. We have four nice Dinner Houses open for the evening meal but not all day. And we have three eateries that do Breakfast and lunch, but close @2PM.
Other than that, it’s all the Amazon model. Each now has their own “app” you can download on your phone. And pretty soon that 1T. Memory card for my Samsung phone will no longer be an option.
Tracy and I sit and lament the loss of civility, respect and class. But we do appreciate the ability to have a treat delivered when we feel like it, or have a meal ready for pick up at a certain time.
It’s a different world. But we’re glad we were raised to different values. Where permission was more important than forgiveness. It wasn’t easier, but it was more respectful.