Too good, too cheap

Justine Devlin, Opinions Editor

According to research done by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the unemployment rate could be as high as six percent by the first half of the year 2013. Alongside the unemployment rate are a plethora of other concerns that upcoming politicians will have to face. As unemployment goes up and family incomes go down, many families are trying to cut unnecessary spending. One of the largest expenditures being cut is going out to eat. Restaurants are too expensive now-a-days and people simply cannot afford it.

  On the bright side, restaurants are feeling their business slip and are making an effort to bring more customers in. Restaurants such as Applebee’s, Olive Garden, and Red Lobster are featuring great deals to keep customers coming!

Applebee’s, claiming to be a fun filled environment with comfort food, has created what is called the “two for twenty” deal. Diners choose two entrees (2 for $20) from a pre-selected list and an appetizer. The food is not top notch but personally, I love it. Applebee’s Corporation went even further with the “two for twenty-four” which includes a larger variety of their more delicious platters. Not only has Applebee’s done us a favor with their pricing but they really want their guests to have fun. On Tuesday they hold trivia and bingo, they have karaoke night, and every night their appetizers are half off. Cheap, convenient, and enough!

  Two other restaurants offering deals are Olive Garden and Red Lobster. Olive Garden has introduced the, what I like to call, six for twenty-five. In addition to an appetizer or desert and main course you receive unlimited soup and salad, really unlimited! If you love Italian food, Olive Garden is definitely my recommendation. You will always leave with a full stomach, leftover food for later, and extra money in your pocket!

  Red Lobster, owned by the same company as Olive Garden, set out to conquer low production rates within their restaurant. Mind blowing, Red Lobsters sale is four for $15. It includes a soup, salad, seafood entree, dessert, and unlimited Cheddar Bay Biscuits- yum. The service is good and the food is even better.

  Here are just three out of the handful of restaurants setting out to increase their sales, making it less stressful and more enjoyable to go out to eat with a friend or family member.. Embrace the sales. I definitely took advantage of this opportunity and can say it was well worth it!