This nice little piece in the Asbury Park Press says that we’re fourth in the country (behind VT, NY, DC) in highest percentage of non-chain restaurants.
That’s a good sign for our economy – more of our dollars for diners, Indian, Italian, Korean, and the many other great places to eat in NJ stay with small business owners in the community instead of going to out of state CEOs.
These are the type of jobs, and businesses, we hear talked about too little about in Trenton. Xanadu can get hundreds of millions of dollars from our state lawmakers and Gov. Christie despite widespread public opposition. But small businesses, which keep their money in the community and often support local community causes, too often get short shrift, even as New Jersey’s job numbers continue to lag behind the nation.
But in the meantime we should be proud of the higher levels of independent restaurant entrepreneurs in New Jersey compared to most places. And grateful for all of the great food they provide.