Originally Posted by Yachtzee
Cleveland went through that phase with its downtown development where it was mostly big chains catering to the latest trends. After a while though, as local chefs started making names for themselves and downtown became an attractive location, they started opening more of their own places downtown. The chain gang will get people coming down, but as The Banks continue to develop and mature, and trends change, it will be those local chefs who move in and take over that will keep people coming.
And Cleveland is, like, foodie central now. I know people from New York who come to Cleveland a couple of times a year just to eat. (That sounds way more bougie than it really is.) It's kind of a relief to hear that the "rebirth" of this food scene started with chain restaurants.