RE: mom & pop revisited
It wasn't your post that *I* had an issue with, though name calling tends to be frowned upon here. I was trying to express to the moderators that the abuse that you took was unacceptable, and they agreed with me.
You will find that most folks here DO like to talk about regional and/or independent restaurants (mom and pop, if you like). There are just some others here who feel that because the government has granted them some sort of freedom of expression that it gives them the right to do/say/post whatever/wherever they want -- no matter if it is appropriate or not.
Now...I am off in search of food, in a relatively unfamiliar section of Long Island. I assure you, wherever I choose to go, I will be passing a TGI Fridays to get there!