Restaurant Slow Down In Dickinson, North Dakota

On Wednesday night, I felt like eating Chinese food, so I drove to the King Buffet restaurant in the T-Rex Mall.  As I turned into the parking lot, I saw about one vehicle parked in front of the King Buffet restaurant.  I believe that the restaurant had one customer.  It was 8:35 p.m.

I did not want to eat at the King Buffet restaurant if I was going to be the last customer of the night, and the only person sitting there.  I would have liked to have taken my time eating, had two different things cooked on the hibachi, and tried many different things on the buffet.  I wouldn’t do this if I was aware that I was preventing the staff from putting all the food away and going home.  I asked the cashier what time they were planning on closing the restaurant, and the cashier said that they would close at 9:15 p.m.

Because the King Buffet was closing so early, I went back to my vehicle to try to decide where else I would like to eat.  I thought that this was pretty pathetic that the King Buffet had one customer at 8:35 p.m., and that they were planning on closing at 9:15 p.m.  I can’t believe that this is what is happening in Dickinson, no customers at the Chinese buffet at 8:35 p.m.  I vaguely remember that the King Buffet restaurant expanded its leased area at least twice since 2011 in order to handle the amount of customers at lunch and dinner.  This restaurant now has seating for about 150 people.

Not being able to decide what I else I would like to eat, I thought that I would just go to the drive thru at McDonalds.  When I got to McDonalds, there was a line of about ten vehicles in the drive thru.  I turned around to drive elsewhere.

In the past month, this is about the fourth time that I have turned around in the McDonalds parking lot because there were so many vehicles in the drive thru.  This McDonalds drive thru being so busy, means something.

In the past month, I have been to Subway, Jimmy Johns, Arbys, Dominos, and Taco Johns, when there was only one other customer in these fast food restaurants.  The food at these fast food restaurants is better than McDonalds, but it costs about 40% more.  McDonalds is two or three dollars cheaper per meal, than these fast food restaurants.

In Dickinson, Burger King, Wendys, Arbys, Taco Bell, Taco Johns, Subway, Jimmy Johns, and Dominos are all less busy than McDonalds.  Though their food is better than McDonalds, it costs a few dollars more.  It is obvious to me, that it has come to the point in Dickinson, where many people are so worried about money, that they will only go to eat at McDonalds.

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