My wife and I went to visit some friends on the other side of town not long ago, and as we were driving back fairly late we both realised we were actually quite hungry (having not had dinner and food at our friend’s place had been of the chips/dip/cocktail spring rolls variety), but- since it was about 11:30pm at night- our food options were either McDonalds or a long, complicated, and inconvenient detour to the CBD in the hopes there’d be a trendy cafe type place still open.
And, as I have often wondered before, I wondered why there aren’t any 24 hour diner places like Denny’s or IHOP here in Australia- at least, as far as I’ve been able to find.
Sure, you might find a cafe somewhere trendy that’s open 24 hours that can whip you up an overpriced steak sandwich or some wanky (and still overpriced) Thai beef and prawn salad with sweet chilli vinaigrette, but it seems to me that unless you want Maccas, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, or Petrol Station Pies/Sausage Rolls, there’s bugger all to eat in this country after about 10pm.
Now, one of the things I liked about visiting the US was being able to wander into a IHOP or Denny’s or Johnny Rockets any time of day and get a decent* meal at a reasonable price. But you can’t do that here, for the most part.
What’s really strange is that there apparently used to be things like Johnny Rockets and Denny’s in Australia decades ago, but they closed down for reasons no-one ever seems entirely sure of. Now, I realise Australia doesn’t have the population that the US does, but if Canada (same population as Australia, larger area) can manage to have some 24 hour diner places outside the CBDs of a handful of cities, then surely Australia can too.
Anyway, I thought it might make an interesting change of pace to have a discussion on why there are virtually none of these places in Australia when they’re very widespread in the US and Canada.
*Yeah, I know, everyone on the SDMB except me hates chain restaurant/diner food. Save your breath, consider the point duly acknowledged and ignored