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Friday, November 12, 2004

Dining: Whither Big Bowl?

The Big Bowl Asian Kitchen at Greenway Station is closed, and the big red bowl that sat above the entrance is gone. Anyone know why they closed? When I was there they always seemed to be doing quite well. (My internet searches find only that as recently as Sept 22, they were still looking to hire staff.) Update: It looks like Bill has found the answer, which is that the corporate parent needed to sell it off for its own reasons. See comments for more.

2 Comments:

At 12:48 AM, Blogger Bill D91 said...

I may have an answer to you, Glenn. I started checking corporate news and found this:
http://www.nbc5i.com/money/3867371/detail.html

Looks like former owner, Brinker International, sold the Big Bowl Asian Kitchen concept to another corporation and that caused the closure of two Dallas/Fort Worth locations. It seems Brinker, owner of restaurant chains like Chili's and Macaroni Grill, is having some trouble and sold off Big Bowl Asian Kitchen to shore up it's bottom line and regain some stock value.

 
At 1:39 AM, Blogger Glenn said...

Ah. The problem with franchises. As near as I can tell, the restaurant was doing well, the location was obviously primo, and the food about as good as corporate america is capable of providing. The reasons for it's demise may well have nothing to do with the success of that particular location.

But of course, for the people who worked there, it made little difference whether or not the restaurant was doing well, since the corporate parent needed to unload it. It's kind of sad.

 

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