I’ve been a resident of Grand Forks for twelve years. In that twelve years I’ve experienced the role as a customer from different perspectives, a college student, a young person dating, a married person dating their spouse, a parent, a friend, a business person; I’ve gone from having no budget to a budget that does allow for going out to eat from time to time.
In the Grand Forks area, I feel that perhaps not all those involved in the food industry take a real look at their demographics, as to who is coming to their establishments, and who returns to those establishments. Many food chains are lucky because this is taken care of through headquarters, which is how they often succeed. Independent businesses are not as fortunate to have this done for them. Some do often take the time to look into this, however others seem that they’ve got it completely figured out based on what food, service, atmosphere that they would enjoy, not what would bring in the bacon. Pun intended.
We have seen many people try to break into the food industry here locally, and we’ve also seen many not do so well. Then they often wonder, “why?” I think that we as consumers owe that much to the businesses if we wish for them to survive.