I'm always seeking new food sensations and have a good circle of chow hound-like friends. But I also have plenty of (if not more) buddies and co-workers who are perfectly happy with sandwiches from convenience stores, dinner from Dominos or who think nothing of serving frozen burritos with Pace picante sauce as a party offering (and these are 30-somethings).
So I began to wonder about this strange, malnutriotioned group of chow flounders...
Do you think one could succesfully launch a restaurant that served simple brand-named, store-bought foods that would appeal to those who don't cook, won't cook and just want to eat something familiar and not snazzy?
Example: a Norms/Pantry-like diner that offers something along the following items... Ramen noodles, Campbell's Tomato Soup, Kraft Mac & Cheese, Tombstone Pizza, Boyardee Ravioli, Eggo waffles, Hungry Man meals, Wonder Bread with Skippy and Smuckers, Orida french fries, etc, etc.
I'm not trying to be food snobbish... in fact my shelves are sprinkled with similar easy one-stop meals (who the hell has the time). It just seems to me that a significant chunk of the populace doesn't care that much for food experiences.
I don't think the above proposal would be a destination place, more akin to a local joint in a busy area (such as downtown) where people are looking to get a quick, cheap lunch, not to have an epiphany.
Apart from the art, look at the business: isn't there something interesting about warming a 40-cent can of Boyardee, then selling it at $3.95 or $4.95 (a cheap lunch in many areas of town)?