Lunch is coming back, and it needed to be. Nothing demonstrates livelihood in the middle of a midweek business day than our restaurants, cafes, and mom & pop destinations busy with people meeting up.
The Downtown Community Alliance’s recently launched Lunch Unplugged Concert Series has also sought out to tackle the need of this, too. The corporate cafeteria’s can be a great convenience for the employees of those companies, however getting in the habit of reliance on them can lead to missed opportunities. Add to that those of us who let a crammed work schedule lead to skipping lunch, eating from the home office, or between cubicle walls. Altogether, it’s a feeling that we don’t need to exist between 9 & 5 (or is it 8 & 5 now? 7 & 4? you know what I mean).
It may be a dull subject to cover today, however an important one. I bring it up because I know many people who don’t take advantage of grabbing a friend or business partner to get out and do this while supporting our local businesses. Some of the most successful people I know around Des Moines have their lunch schedules booked out for weeks, and that is not by coincidence. They’ve just recognized that this is a powerful tool for building better relationships with those around them, whether it is personal or business related.
There’s still plenty of good destinations out there that many people feel they’re not getting to, however they may be waiting for a dinner outting or special event to get there. This is Iowa, where we take advantage of a low cost of living and low cost of running our businesses, over half of our lunch menu’s are under $10, maybe only a buck or two more than the drive-thru window.
Need help finding options? I’d suggest checking out our own Why Eat At A Chain posts every Wednesday, which coincidentally has been one of the most popular growth areas of Desmoinesisnotboring. Maybe it’s a sign that lunch is on the comeback.