In the golden years of American history, we usually found casual restaurants at the very top of the trendy places to visit. However, these places have been in decline due to the dominant presence of fast-casual restaurants.
Keep reading to know about the cultural background of the informal dining experience.
The Beginning Stages of Casual Dining
After world war two, Americans were in a booming economy that allowed them to eat out more often. While the evolution of the automotive industry made them use more and more personal vehicles as a means of transportation.
Back then, people living in suburban areas could get faster to restaurants in the city and they had money to do it all the time.
Those situations combined worked in favour of the exponential growth of the restaurant business. In addition, the food industry managed to industrialize the supplies offered to restaurants developing frozen goods and pre-made products.
Such supplies opened the possibility of opening chain restaurants without affecting the main menu.
The Strong Middle Class in the Late 20th Century and Casual Restaurants
Due to all the situations mentioned above, the middle class became stronger and one of the motors of the American economy. Places like Olive Garden, Applebee’s, and Chili’s were deep in the culture.
Many working parents were celebrating their family’s accomplishments in those restaurants and chains.
The Decline of Casual Dining
The economic recession of the 2000s made people drift away from casual restaurants, as the food was cheaper among the fast-food chains. In addition, once the recession was gone the Millennials didn’t adopt the casual dining habit of their parents.
Casual dining is part of American History and marked a time for lots of people. If you grew up in the 80s or 90s, we bet you remember celebrating your birthday in Applebee’s with a huge chocolate cake. What restaurants do you remember from that time?