Category Archives: Economics of Dining

Food consumption now has higher entry barriers than does music consumption

Marco Bresba emails me: I loved your post on how Food has displaced Music in pop culture (March 29) I’ve been thinking about the topic for years, and I believe complacency is pertinent. Musical taste (like one’s taste in wine, … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Economics of Dining, General remarks | Leave a comment

“Why isn’t your way of eating and dining more popular?”

That is a request from an MR reader. Getting past the “because I am weird” answer, I will offer a few observations: 1. I think my view, or broadly speaking some version of it, is in fact pretty popular, though … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Beautiful Women, General remarks | Tagged , | Leave a comment

The culinary culture that is San Francisco

I am all in favor of San Francisco’s $13 per hour minimum wage (which rises to $15 by 2018), plus mandatory paid sick leave, parental leave and employer health care contributions. But labor costs at restaurants are inching past 50 … Continue reading

Share
Posted in California, Economics of Dining, Outside DC | Tagged , , | Comments Off on The culinary culture that is San Francisco

The economics of diners in New York City

They are disappearing, though still with a cluster in Queens, here is one trouble they are having: It costs as much as $4 million to open a new diner these days … compared to $500,000 for a higher-end restaurant, because … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Economics of Dining, New York | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on The economics of diners in New York City

Rachel Laudan is wise about food

The still-underrated Todd Kliman interviews her: I’ve been given special powers, and I appoint you czar (funny, isn’t it, how we have so many appointed czars in this unaristocratic country) of food in the US. What is your first order … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Beautiful Women, General remarks, History of Food | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Rachel Laudan is wise about food

One of the last remaining Howard Johnson’s is closing

What was once one of America’s most iconic and popular chains is now down to just two locations. According to NPR, one of the last three Howard Johnson’s restaurants closed its doors this week. Located in Lake Placid, N.Y., the … Continue reading

Share
Posted in American, Economics of Dining | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on One of the last remaining Howard Johnson’s is closing

3-D printed food

Marijn Roovers’ epicurean delights have graced the tables of some of the Netherlands’ finest restaurants. But the food designer’s Chocolate Globe is his most intricate — and technologically advanced — creation. A chocolate shell just 0.8 millimetres thick is embossed … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Economics of Dining, Technology | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on 3-D printed food

House of Mandi

House of Mandi, web site, 5515 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA, 703-527-3333 (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [Google | Ylp | Trip Advisor] Hey people, pull out those old lecture notes on duopoly theory, northern Virginia now has … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Arlington, Economics of Dining, Virginia, Yemeni | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

More on the economics of dessert in decline

Parties that might have finished their dinner in a little over an hour instead linger for closer to two when they opt for dessert. And they stay the extra thirty minutes while consuming only a fraction of what they did … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Desserts, Economics of Dining | Tagged , , | Comments Off on More on the economics of dessert in decline

Why I don’t like desserts

I’ve been challenged on this point many times in the last few days. People, let me stress there are two different propositions: 1. “I don’t like desserts.” 2. “I don’t like desserts (with economist’s hat on).” I meant mainly the … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Desserts, Economics of Dining, General remarks | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Why I don’t like desserts