While driving down Wade Hampton Boulevard on my way home from work I noticed that one of the restaurants I had reviewed, Campobello Italian, had closed. When that happens, I usually add the phrase, “NOTE: This restaurant has closed.” to the first line of the review. So, I added it to that review, then I started looking through the rest of my reviews to see if any others needed to be update. I was a bit shocked at what I found.
Over the years I’ve reviewed about 115 different restaurants. Some of these were on trips, and were places I’d never get back to. However, most are local. If I kick out the vacation reviews, then we’re looking at about 100 local restaurant reviews. Of those, 30 had closed. (Well, 31, but Haus Edelweiss did re-open.)
So, 30% of the local restaurants I’ve reviewed have closed. Hmmmm. Does that mean a review on RandomConnections is a curse? Perhaps not. Laura reminded me that 90% of restaurants fail in the first year, so the numbers are actually not that bad. However, if you look at another recent study by Dr. H. G. Parsa at Ohio State…
A 1991 study by hospitality professors at Michigan State and Cornell universities found a failure rate of 57 percent over three years and 70 percent after 10 years. Other studies have not shown restaurant failure rates any higher, Parsa said.
So, in the 10 years that I’ve been doing restaurant reviews, I should have 70 notes, rather than 30. I’ll assume that my reviews AREN’T a curse. I like to see businesses succeed (except perhaps when they shouldn’t.)