The Insanity of Opening a Restaurant

Henry Makow – May 22, 2019

Portrait of a young man standing in front of his coffee shop. Young man with beard wearing an apron standing with her arms crossed and looking away.

I suffer from RCS (Restaurateur Compassion Syndrome)
I can’t help but notice if a restaurant is empty. I feel the helplessness and anxiety of the owner as he contemplates the hourly payroll.  
Certain restaurants are on my deathwatch. I silently pray for them but am relieved when they go to a `better place. I don’t eat out very often, not because of the food. I object to their business model.
(See below- Response from restaurateurs who thank me for this free therapy. ) 

by Henry Makow PhD. — (Updated from April 15, 2018)

If I were starting out in life again, I would become a psychologist instead of a writer.
I would specialize in the peculiar mental derangement that causes people to open a restaurant. This mania infects thousands.
Approximately 60% of restaurants fail within three years And no wonder. There are tons of restaurants competing for business.
Indeed, restaurants compete with everyone who has a kitchen and a cookbook, which is almost everyone.
My cooking is as good as most restaurants. They advertise “home cooking.” Why not eat at home? One of my great pleasures in life, for which I am grateful, is being able to follow the whims of my appetite.

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