Squeezed (MM #3750)
The Maison with Kevin Nation. I've been doing a lot of reading about the middle class, I fall into the middle class and I'm feeling very frustrated at times because I don't think I'm getting ahead quite like I want to and as the end of my lifetime comes about in the next twenty, thirty four years, whatever it happens to be, I still want to be able to survive and enjoy life. At the same time, what we're seeing is the squeeze of the middle class. Right now, we're in the world of The Haves and the Have Nots. What we're finding is a lot of middle class oriented businesses. Like restaurants, they're being squeezed as well. Restaurants that were normal. Go to is for people, like the Olive Garden, TGI Fridays, Applebee's. Many of them have been squeezed downsized and been forced to re-evaluate their situation because the middle class, the people who liked getting a good meal and a good value aren't using those types of restaurants anymore, because they've had to realign their budgets. They're going for more of the fast-casual, not as much serve, but cheaper prices, it's not right, it's not fair, it's just reality. And we've all got to figure out a way to survive.