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23 Dec 2008

Good News in a Bad Economy

My son takes issue with my blogs as I continue to say such nice things about the restaurants that I visit. There is a very good reason for that. Over the last couple months, I have been in cities that I know, and eat at great restaurants that I know and like.

Tonight we picked up Allyn’s daughter Jessica, who is home for the holidays. She had a yearning for Italian. We didn’t want too fancy, but did want a great meal at a quiet place where we could speak.

Remembering the great experience we had just a week ago at Ferraro’s, we decided to visit there again. This time I had salmon. Probably you can tell just by looking at the picture how yummy it was.

What does any of this have to do with the economy? Well, all of us are feeling the economic pinch in one way or another. That probably includes Ferraro’s. They have been giving their patrons coupons good for 40% off on all food and beverage good until January 31.

The truth is that I don’t know for sure if that was the reason I returned so quickly. If the meal sucked, I would have tossed it. But it didn’t. Four of us saved almost $300 tonight. That is strong.

On the other hand the restaurant picked up an incremental $400 to say nothing of the gratuity. That’s pretty good too. People who have money to spend in this economy will find some real good deals out there.