today, i noticed that the one major chain eatery (blimpees) in my hood has gone out of business.
meanwhile, in the past couple/few months, 4 (seemingly) independently owned restaurants have opened within a block of the now defunct blimpees (smoke joint, mullanes, la bagel delight, and that burger place) and all seem to be doing very well.
in a city that seems to be increasingly overrun with corporate owned uninteresting chains, its nice to see that, at least for now, there are some neighborhoods where the "indie" still rules.
that being said, i will say that, although i never actually ate at the blimpees, the owners did seem to be nice, hard working, immigrants (indian?). i can't help to think that they probably saved up and worked hard to open a business, and the idea that their dream possibly failed does make me a little sad.