West End Grills
Kay West laments the influx of chain dining on West End. I can't say that I'm too surprised; nor can I pretend to be aggrieved.
I don't understand the demonization of chain restaurants, and I find the bemoaning of their influx to be somewhat class-ist. Corporate restaurants thrive precisely because of their size. A chain can afford to take a bad appetizer off your bill. They can afford to keep the restrooms clean and offer larger portions of both food and beverages.
Most importantly, and key to the survival of any business on West End Avenue, a chain can afford decent parking. Nashville is a car culture, and becoming moreso every day. Restaurants like Houston's simply can't draw customers because the parking is a nightmare. That's precisely why we don't eat there, and why we've stopped going to Tin Angel. Chains pave lots (sorry, Joni) and build garages. They have the money, and on West End, that's the main issue.