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February 02, 2007

Ruby Tuesday and Roch...?

Is the day of a Ruby Tuesday casual dining restaurant in Rochester coming?
It is not on the calendar, the company says.

Ruby Tuesday, however, is coming to Owatonna and Hastings in 2007.


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So Owatonna gets a good new restaurant...and what do we get?

"lets dish"


I've been to a Ruby Tuesday. Was not impressed. In fact, I didn't care for the overpriced limited choice menu.

Places I would like to see here:

White Castle
A REAL sushi bar
Long John Silvers
The Melting Pot
Boston Market
Damon's Grill
Cheesecake Factory
Cracker Barrel
Dave & Busters

Right lets bring these places in so every one can complain about how the smoking ban has ruined their business. We have enough here as is.

Restaurant choices? I don't think we have enough. Choice is a good thing, especially when trying to grow a town.

Smoking has already been snubbed out in restaurants here in Rochester, so it's not an issue.

This town desperately needs more restaurant choices and yes, since they're already smoke free they're not affected by the new law. They don't have to be national chains, just good food.

Just as you write "hey don't have to be national chains, just good food" Rochester Magazine published their annual "best of dining" list for 2006. What is the number one restaurant people think we need in Rochester...Chili's.

You may think any new restaurant need not be part of a national chain, but the rest of the Rochester population sadly disagrees with you.

Well being in the business, where are we going to find the work force to support these places. And having worked for Chili's in college, I can tell you that they are not what Rochester residents want. They would be very disapointed with them. Bring us a Granite City or Red Robin, but Chili's please....It is just another Applebee's and Friday's with a slight difference in menu.

I'm always amazed by the people's interest in chain restaurants...but I shouldn't be. Their marketing is excellent, and the sheeple mentality says different isn't's how the crap that passes for food is so popular at TGI Fridays and Applebees.

Don't misunderstand...all chain restaurants aren't bad...some are pretty good...but, on the whole...not so much.

We have several newer and non-chain restaurants in town...and I'm enjoying them. Sontes is a nice change, tho their kitchen needs to work on their risotto croquettes...too bland, but hey, they and the other newbies in town are doing what we us variety and options (and I love the wine taps at Sontes).

Abe and William are right. Who needs more chain restaurants in town. And Chili's? man, they are horrible. Have not been to Sontes yet. Have heard the price exceeds the pleasure. (Meaning you pay too much for what you get) I do have a wish, Rochester needs a place with an excellent mirco-brew. If it is marketed right I believe it would go over well here.

As for Chili's...I will make my own.

the last thing we need is another chain rest. try out sontes frank and decide for yourself. i think the bar area is a great place to hang out.

Like we have "SO MANY" chains?

Denny's, Perkins, Applebee's, TGI Friday's, Maccaroni Grill, Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Famous Dave's, Arby's, McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's, Taco John's, Taco Bell, Bakers Square, Chipotle's, Outback Steakhouse, Buffalo Wild Wings, Carlos O'Kelly's, Culver's, Fazoli's, Golden Corral, KFC, Noodles and Company, Old Country Buffet, Pizza Hut, Subway, Quizno's, Timber Lodge....

And, yes, I included "Fast Food" - like it or not, if you can sit down and eat inside the establishment, it qualifies as a restaurant (at least according to the Yellow Pages). Speaking of the Yellow Pages, there are also a lot of "local" restaurants listed, some of which I have never heard of...

*golf clap*

Oh I forgot, we are city of 2000 people...

My Bad.

Bill, have you been to many cities of comparable size to Rochester? Most don't have nearly as many nor as large a variety of restaurants, chains or local. When people visit they often comment on that to me.

Thanks for the info Arleen, I will try it this weekend. My friend Bill, Being a resident of Rochester I would rather keep my money in the local economy instead of sending it to some big cooperate board in Kansas(Applebees) or Denver?(Firday's I think). I dont go to Starbucks or Caribou, I hit the local coffee shops(Bravo Express) and Canadian Honker..Grandmas etc...keep the money here for the people that have their buisnesses here! That is my choice.

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