I propose that the City of Boston start limiting the number of licenses they give to chain steak houses. We went to the Capital Grille a few weeks ago realizing it was a chain. What I didn't know, until I got my credit card statement, is that they are owned by a company that also has Lone Star and Bugaboo Creek. Considering the service I wouldn't have been surprised if KFC was training their staff.
Maison Robert was a great restaurant in an awesome location. Who comes in to take over the premises? Ruth Chris. That's all the city needed after the opening of Smith and Wollensky a few months earlier. They all serve the same appetizers, the same steak, the same sides and a signature dessert. I can't remember the last time anyone recommended Mortons based on their steak, but I'd like a dollar for every time someone said, "Let's go to Morton's for the molten chocolate cake."
Given the chance, I'd like to outlaw most of them, Abe and Louies being my exception.