October 12, 2017 4:00 am
Updated: October 12, 2017 11:47 am

Bob Layton editorial: Guitar salad

A file photo of a Chili's restaurant sign in Alberta.

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Chili’s restaurant has long been one of my favorites.

I especially like their enchilada soup, followed by the quesadilla explosion salad.

READ MORE: Chili’s Grill and Bar closing most of its Alberta locations

I was disappointed the night I went to the location in west Edmonton and could not get in.

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Walking to the front door, and looking through the windows we saw lots of empty seats, but at the door, the hostess apologized, saying they could not seat us.

“But I see lots of empty tables,” I said. “Yes, but we cannot get staff to wait them,” she explained.

Wasn’t the provincial plan to increase minimum wage supposed to help in some way?

READ MORE: Alberta minimum wage set to increase Sunday, becoming highest in Canada

One server tells me that as the wage goes up and menu prices rise, the tips go down.

And now, for whatever reasons, Chili’s is shutting down.

The Sears Canada story is also sad. I bought my first electric guitar, a Silvertone, at Simpsons-Sears in the mid-60s.

It’s always been a business we just sort of assumed would always be there, even as we shopped more and more at the discount stores.

READ MORE: Sears Canada to apply to liquidate all remaining stores, affecting 12,000 jobs

Some of them have electric guitars. None of them have the quesadilla explosion.

Let me know what you think about the changing face of business and what you are going to miss.

Bob Layton is the news manager of the Corus Edmonton group of radio stations and a commentator for Global News.

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