A lot's been posted about the steakhouse influx, and I've recently been hearing about yet another that I don't think has been mentioned here, in the new Bulfinch Hotel--called Black Angus. I know there used to be a chain by that name, but I'm not sure if it still exists or, if so, if this is part of it; the very little I could find online didn't seem to suggest so.
I guess I have to agree w/ those who have seen the trend as a depressing swing toward conservatism in a town that was finally making some progressive culinary strides. While I realize that cultural conservatism is sure to be a function of the economy--and I know very little about economics, so those of you who do will I hope forgive my terminology failures--still, I imagine steakhouses aren't the only type of restaurant that pose relatively low risk. What about good old diners? Obviously, the bill prices are lower, but so is the overhead; obviously, it presents a different kind of dining experience, but that doesn't mean it won't attract the same kind of diner--just at different times. So personally, I'd far rather see chefs' takes on the cool funky American diner than on the steakhouse...what would Orfaly do with a stack of pancakes, how would Ambrose make a grilled cheese?
Those of you who are similarly bored by the chophouse invasion, assuming I'm right that you'd be obliged by the times to think more conservatively, what would you replace them all with?