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Why are chain restaurants closing in Rochester?

Jeff KigerJanuary 4, 2019

With Perkins and Bakers Square each closing Rochester restaurants in recent days, people are asking, “Why?”

Experts say there is usually more than one reason for any business closure. However, the growing popularity of original, non-chain restaurants in Rochester could be a factor.

“I think people are maybe tending toward local places and good food. … It’s kind of the reverse of the Walmart Syndrome, where people didn’t support local stores,” speculated Rochester Restaurant Supply owner Tom Fleming.

Longtime Med City restaurateur Tasos Psomas thinks there is something to that theory.

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