What exactly is a chain restaurant? The question seems to have popped up in a local kerfuffle over chef Michael Mina’s plans for his restaurants here in San Francisco.
This has been bothering me for several weeks, since the San Francisco Chronicle’s “Inside Scoop” blog outlined Mina’s intention to turn his flagship restaurant location into Bourbon Steak. The chef’s steak houses by that name in Detroit, Miami, Scottsdale, Ariz., and Washington, D.C., have shown success, offshoots of his Stripsteak in Las Vegas. In my view, that one is among the top two or three steak houses in the U.S.
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