This comes a few weeks after Orinoco Coffee House in Columbia closed. People are clearly cutting back on eating out. I'm sure that the Daily Grind folks never predicted that house sales would slow and depress the number of local customers in Maple Lawn.
Local restaurants matter. HowChow is my fun way to let people know about their local options. On Friday, I talked up Jessie X's drive to collect comments about local restaurants on her HoCo Loco Web site. She figures that people might eat at locally-owned restaurants if they hear recommendations from other diners. I figure she's right. Take five minutes and give it a shot.