A Blurring Of The Line
Between Chains & Indies
I n recent months, there’s been some heated discussions in this column over the growing friction between chain and independent restaurants. Much of the discussion was fueled by Washington, D.C. chef/restaurateur Bob Kinkead, who heads the Council of Independent Restaurants of America (CIRA).
Kinkead’s argument, made on behalf of CIRA, is that the large, mid- to upper-scale chains are running indepe