The amount of fast food establishments in our city is probably no more then any other city in Los Angeles County. But if you stop to think about it and actually count them up, it would seem that Downey has cornered the market on hamburger specials. You can hardly throw a chicken nugget in any one direction without hitting a drive thru.
These numbers will either shock you, or make you hungry. Downey has four Jack in the Box restaurants, Six McDonalds restaurants, Eight Subway restaurants and more pizza places then all of those put together. Its not surprising that you can have a pizza delivered to your house from any one of the local pizza restaurants inside of thirty minutes when they could easily deliver to each other in ten.
Is this a bad thing? Some will say yes, healthy eating and all. Another way to look at it is these are thriving businesses that all employ our residents. Nothing wrong with that of course.
Without customers, no business is able to survive. And these restaurants have customers. I think you could put two McDonalds next door to each other and they would both do equal and good business.
What I am wondering is, what does this say about our city? Is it a bad thing that we have so many fast food establishments here? Now before some replay with, “Why does the City Council allow so many fast food…” The City Council does not choose which businesses are allowed into the city. As long as everything is on the up-and-up with licenses etc, any business is free to open within the city. It is the residents that choose which businesses operate here. Again, if no one financially supports a business, it will go away.
For those with a finer palate, we do have a McReprieve on the way. The new Downey Tierra Luna will have a “Yard House” and a “PF Chang’s.” I’ll meet you for lunch on the opening day at PFs!