The Last Community Restaurant?
Snackers Cafe fights for its life
WESTERN SPRINGS – Jim Dames hasn’t been able to draw a check from his business in two years.
The steady decline of customers at Snackers Café started when the recession hit in 2008. Dames first noticed he was seeing fewer parents at his restaurant; a something-for-everyone cafe and upscale diner at 909 Burlington Avenue that has been a staple in the community since 1995. Parents would give their kids money to eat out, but would stay home themselves to save money, he suspects.
Then, he noticed fewer customers were coming in for their morning cup of coffee and bagel. Regulars he used to see every day disappeared. Some told him they had started working from home. Others, he guesses, lost their jobs in the city and therefore didn’t pass by Snackers every morning on the way to the train station. Even those who kept their jobs started bringing their own coffee to save some money.
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