Bennigan's bombshell!

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    Jul 29, 2008 10:59 PM GMT
    Wow... that sucks how they handled that in relation to their employees.. can you imagine?
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080729/ap_on_bi_ge/bennigan_s_bankruptcy_filing

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    Jul 29, 2008 11:30 PM GMT
    TonkaTruck23 saidWow... that sucks how they handled that in relation to their employees.. can you imagine?
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080729/ap_on_bi_ge/bennigan_s_bankruptcy_filing



    That's a shit way for a corporation to handle their employees. Typical for big business in Texas though, a "right to work" state.

    This is just the beginning of a huge downturn for big national restaurant chains. People are eating local now because of trust, better nutrition, an aversion to careless teenagers preparing their meal, and not wanting to pump money into large, polluting distribution networks (or into shareholder bank accounts in some far-off place). Mom and Pop are back! :-)

    The only problem is there will be all these vacant, cheaply made buildings wasting away along our roadways. Strip malls are the cancer of the American landscape.
  • GQjock

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    Jul 30, 2008 12:09 AM GMT
    Welcome to the trickle down method of the Bush Economy

    What does Sh*t do? It flows downhill
  • irishboxers

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    Jul 30, 2008 12:32 AM GMT
    Bennigan's is notorious for poor HR and people practices. Unfortunate for the employees, but good that they have the chance to get themselves into a stronger, more people-focused company. There are any number of reasons why you don't tell your staff you're closing, but there are better ways to handle it once the decision has been made.

    I won't try to convince anyone of the virtues of corporate restaurants, but having been in the industry for 13 years I can tell you that the only times I haven't had full medical, dental, vision, and 401k in my adult life were when I was working for mom and pop restaurants. Quality of product was outstanding, quality of employee benefits was not. There are some great employee-focused companies out there, but they're usually the biggest and most often-picked on for whatever anti-capitalist reasons, despite often offering strong benefits packages.

    Of course, they're big because people like working for them.
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    Jul 30, 2008 12:33 AM GMT
    This really isn't a surprise. And the company who owns Bennigans, Metroplitan Restaurant Group, is headquarted in my town, Plano, TX.
  • NashRugger

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    Jul 30, 2008 1:11 AM GMT
    I was wondering why all the Bennigan's closed here in Jax, that sucks. Oh well.
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    Jul 30, 2008 1:12 AM GMT
    Too bad. I was just there on Sunday. Its always fills me up before I go to the movies.
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    Jul 30, 2008 1:31 AM GMT
    While it sucks, it's not uncommon for a restaurant to close that way. I've seen several close that way here in the Cincinnati area. Some have been chains and others have been locally owned. Their main order of reasoning is, I think, that if they announce their closing on a certain date, the employees will jump ship anyway. Then they won't have the manpower to remain open and accommodate the customers trying to get in before they close. I'm sure the other part is...money.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jul 30, 2008 1:37 AM GMT
    Here in Wichita, we had a long time Bennigan's close at Towne East Square after being there, probably 25 years. Kind of sad, and very sudden.
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    Jul 30, 2008 3:49 AM GMT
    I liked the southwestern egg rolls. Too bad.
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    Jul 30, 2008 4:11 AM GMT
    jprichva saidI liked the southwestern egg rolls. Too bad.


    Check out the Tex-Mex egg rolls at Cheesecake Factory; very tasty! Probably a good replacement.
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    Jul 31, 2008 5:32 AM GMT
    lol im sure those rolls are like 9000 calories.. the nutritional value in those is staggering.. were talking a fat content comparable to a big mac
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    Jul 31, 2008 5:47 AM GMT
    I've never been to a Bennigans. I'm sorry to see places close. I wouldn't mind seeing Walmarts close - and all the good places they helped plow under come back to life. I am so lucky to have lived in a time when you had small, good stores and restaurants - and a small town atmosphere when you went in to get bread one place, pharmacy goods in another, cheese in a fromagerie, meat in a meat market, same with fish - stationery stores, real bakeries. The Walmart mentality is awful - and their ads claiming we're all lucky to have them around - so we can now feed our family are annoying. Note to Walmart: We did that just fine before you came on the scene.
  • BizzQuik

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    Jul 31, 2008 5:51 AM GMT
    This is not new in Oregon. In the past month all but 2 Chili's shut down. One night they posted a sign saying they were closed for maintenance and the next morning...yes the next morning the restaurants were all empty. That night they came in and cleared out the places of all the furniture and everything. Now just this past weekend Hooters here closed down without warning and aren't giving good reasons for closure. I think businesses need to tell employees if they are going to just shut down to give them time to find new jobs. It is stupid that is not illegal.