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tangomonster 07-21-2007 03:35 PM

Ageism
 
Since there are so many of us baby boomers and the vast majority are not yet retired (if some will ever even be able to retire), it would seem to me that we would be desirable as customers, both due to the numbers and the income/net worth of many. But I just read a restaurant writeup in Atlanta magazine that quoted the owner as explaining why she changed her restaurant from a fancy, fairly upscale special occasion restaurant: "I was tired of seeing slowly aging people coming in to celebrate their anniversaries." It is now more of a bistro, with smaller plates and somewhat reduced prices. Not getting great reviews.

I could understand if a restaurant owner doesn't want just a special occasion restaurant where people just come in once a year. Regular customers may spend less per visit, but more over the course of a year.
But why the dig about "slowly aging?" I understand that people in their fifties and sixties are not as hip and cutting edge as younger people, but are we really that undesirable? It's not like we all have blue hair and walkers!

haha 07-21-2007 03:40 PM

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Originally Posted by tangomonster (Post 538285)
I understand that people in their fifties and sixties are not as hip and cutting edge as younger people, but are we really that undesirable? It's not like we all have blue hair and walkers!

Your prejudices are showing too. In America, it is hard not to be afraid of the aged.

About restaurants. Many midle aged or older people don't go out much; and when they do they tend to be cheap. It's young people who frequent bars and trendy restaurants. Sizzler and Morrisons will do for us oldsters!

Ha

LOL! 07-21-2007 03:53 PM

I don't think the problem was age ... it was the "fancy, fairly upscale" part. Around here, the fairly upscale restaurants are only filled with folks on expense accounts like the oil company executives who work across the street from the restaurants.

The restaurants that we go to are filled with all ages: teenagers on dates, young families, older couples, older families, and oil company executives, etc.

Texas Proud 07-22-2007 02:52 AM

The problem is that they make a LOT of their money on those high priced drinks.... and older folks don't drink that much.... the young uns have no problem throwing down 3 to 6 $7 to $10 drinks before eating... the check size is a lot different...

And I would think that the young uns would want to also get out so they can continue at the bar or rave or whatever and clear the table for another round... where those old folks are there to celebrate and hang around more so you don't get another seating at that table...

Just a wild guess on my part...

kcowan 07-22-2007 02:06 PM

We have some loyalty programs here where they give you a free bottle of wine when you came in and celebrate birthday and anniversary. We always go.

But they also make money on working lunches and after work crowds. That is the key to success. Sports bars and hip bars with bands also make out very well.

But we have one restaurent that caters to blue hair. Their food is simple and good and they serve from 5 until 10pm, They are always full because the people are regulars.

Goonie 07-22-2007 02:46 PM

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Originally Posted by kcowan (Post 538485)
But we have one restaurent that caters to blue hair. Their food is simple and good and they serve from 5 until 10pm, They are always full because the people are regulars.

We have one a few blocks away, that is like that, except they open daily at 5am, and close at 9pm. They're busy...usually a small waiting line....from open until close. Good food (and lots of it), good prices, good service, and the kitchen is fast! If the place is absolutely jam packed, you might have to wait 10 minutes for your food after you order, unless it's something like fried chicken which will obviously take longer.

You can get a full blown turkey dinner....turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce, mashed taters, gravy, veggies, salad, dinner rolls, AND desert, for about $8.50. And they give you HUGE portions! If you'd like wine with that....add 50 cents!

The age groups they get run the gamut from high school kids to the ancient quite elderly. And for the seniors, if they want something but are concerned that the portion will be to big for them, all they have to do is say so and they'll cut the portion down....as well as the price!!! If the person is a shut-in, or the weather or their health is keeping them house bound, one of the owners will deliver the food to their home.....and they don't have to pay for it until the next time they come in to eat. (no charge for delivery)

The owners also have been known to drive their "regulars" to funerals or weddings, that they otherwise wouldn't have been able to attend. And I'm talking about driving them to Chicago, which is about 90 miles away. The owners, if they hear about it, OFFER to drive....they don't wait to be asked! And they do it for FREE.

Moemg 07-22-2007 03:57 PM

We have a restaurant down the street from us that caters to the seniors .The bar is always filled with single seniors having a great time ( those old pick up lines still work ).Good food ,reasonable prices and cheap drinks .They are always busy .The shrimp special is $10.99 ( huge amount of shrimp with coleslaw and red bliss potatoes ) add a glass of wine for $2.00 and It's a cheap night out .

Joss 07-23-2007 08:43 AM

"But why the dig about "slowly aging?" I understand that people in their fifties and sixties are not as hip and cutting edge as younger people, but are we really that undesirable?"

Why not consider the possibilty that this person just made an awkward idiotic remark, rather than seeing it as some sign that the marketplace is excommunicating an entire generation? While she is stuck with what she said, you certainly aren't.

happy2bretired 07-23-2007 08:51 AM

I am 56 and I know I'm not "hip" but I like to keep up with the trends. Not so much living the trendy life (hardly) but, just in knowing what is happening to others that do live the trendy life. I guess I feel that I won't be as likely to be stuck in time. So many older people (older than me) just seem stuck. Of couse that might just be me since I live in the midwest in a rather stuck state. New stuff keeps me alive...and I know I need to start being alive again...so gotta find me some new stuff.

Joss 07-23-2007 09:19 AM

Hmmm...

Stuck... in stuck state... seeking stuff.

Sounds significantly sad. ;)

starter82 07-23-2007 05:26 PM

It happens to the younger folks, too.

CuppaJoe 07-24-2007 04:13 PM

I took my SO to a restaurant for an um over-sixty-something birthday. They treated us so well, we are now regulars.


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