Aside from providing convenience, jobs, and (hopefully) great food, here are 3 reasons why you should feed that hungry tummy at a local restaurant.
- Eat local. Support yourself. Money always flows to the headquarters. Depending on its financials, headquarters contribute a significant amount of revenue to its local tax base. If/when the headquarters is local (as is the case of a locally-owned restaurant), much of the money they earn is pumped back into the local economy via taxes. The taxes pay for better community services such as police, fire safety, schools, roads, etc.
- Eat local. Support other local businesses. Most locally-owned restaurants do not have national and international suppliers like national chains. Therefore, local restaurants buy many of their supplies from other local businesses. These business-to-business transactions support growth and revenue for other local businesses which ties back into reason number 1.
- Eat local. Support your community. Local restaurants give communities uniqueness. This type of differentiation simply does not come from national chains.