“Flat sales” are now a “welcome change.” The New Normal.
National restaurant data and anecdotal evidence has been piling up. “T Vogel,” a commenter on WOLF STREET, put it this way:
My wife and I make almost 30k more than the median family income in my town (northern CA) with no kids. Our rent just went up by 1k a month – landlord selling – starter houses are selling at 500k.
We are not spending a dime more than needed. I plan to skip our weekly night eating out now.
They’re not the only ones to skip restaurants. Costs are going up, not just of restaurant meals, but of life in general. Incomes are lagging behind. And consumers are adjusting…. That’s what a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll of more than 4,200 U.S. adults confirmed today. Continue reading »
Spain’s first naked dining experience is opening on the island of Tenerife following the success of a similar venture in London.
Italian-born restaurateur Tony de Leonardis opens Innato, a nudist restaurant on the biggest of the Canary Islands, where diners will be asked to leave the accoutrements of modern life – namely their clothes and mobile phones – and”get back to basics”.
For the all-inclusive price of €70 diners will be invited to enjoy a buffet of organic dishes, all “served on the naked skin of a youth,” according to an interview with De Leonardis published in La Opinion de Tenerife.
In fact waiting staff will double up as serving tables wearing loin cloths and vine leaves to protect their modesty. Continue reading »