A simple question about a popular chain restaurant opening in Bozeman on a Facebook page turned ugly quickly recently.

Someone was wondering about Texas Roadhouse and when Bozemanites could expect the chain to be up and running, and that apparently was enough to send a few people with some pretty big opinions over the edge. The person asked the question, which resulted in a few people criticizing people for not choosing local restaurants, which then turned into a Republican vs Democrat thing.

I'll be honest with you, I thought people from all sides loved unlimited rolls with amazing butter, but apparently not.

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It looks like the post has since been removed from the group, but this certainly isn't the first time or the last that a simple question has turned into some ugly debate when there is no reason for one.


I was looking at past posts about some restaurants in question, and some of the comments that were made regarding that restaurant coming to Bozeman. One commenter asked the following:

There are so many exceptional local restaurants that serve great food, why pine away for frozen garbage when you can support local beef?

To which someone else replied with the following:

Because not everybody can drop $150 plus on a steak dinner for 2.. It's just me and my 10 yr old son and if we go out its 100 minimum.... no alcohol or anything.. we can eat at Texas Roadhouse for about $50..Big deal for a single parent.

Can we talk about this whole local thing for a minute? What does "local" mean anyway? The "local" argument is a big one here in Bozeman and with popular chain stores continuing to make their way to Bozeman and Gallatin County, it might be time to address it with something other than harsh opinions.

beef steak on the grill with flames

First, I'm all about supporting locals, whether it be a locally-owned business OR local people working in a business. Local business is the backbone of any community.

Second, I'm not sure if you dine out much around Bozeman but there are certain times of the year that it's darn near impossible to get into a restaurant whether it's local or non-local, so more options aren't a bad thing.

Third, even if a business isn't owned by "a local", they employ locals, which means that the money they receive stays in the community to be spent...locally.

Finally, why does everything have to be about politics? Seriously. If a person wants to go out and spend money that they earned at local or non-local businesses how in the world does that have anything to do with anything political?

My suggestion, turn off the 24-hour news channels and let's all go and get a steak and some rolls.

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