The closing of Carino's?
Has anyone else noticed the closure of some Carino's locations?
A couple of weeks ago, my SO & I decided to go to the Carino's in Piscataway, NJ, since we had not been there in a very long time, and we both craved their Ceasar Salad topped with grilled salmon. Upon our arrival, I was astounded to see a small notice on the front door announcing that this particular location was now closed.
Today, in a local newspaper, I read that the aformentioned Carino's location--as well as another one in nearby Bridgewater, NJ--will be leveled so that an Olive Garden restaurant (yuk!) can be built on the site. We had patronized the Bridgewater location several times a year, and always found it to be a very busy location, so clearly traffic/profit at this location cannot be the driving factor here.
Since these restaurants are part of a massive chain operation, I suspect that these closures are the result of a change in philosophy on the part of the parent company, but this is just a theory. While it was a chain, I will miss Carino's, simply because the food was decent, freshly prepared, and was not as sodium-laden as the fare at similar chain operations such as Macaroni Grill and Maggiano's. I consider the food at MG and at Maggiano's to be inedible because of the astronomical sodium content.