Firstly, I’m not sure why these things have to be ‘blamed’ on anyone. I remember, back in the dark ages when Gen Y would still have been in high-school or broke Uni students, restaurants that didn’t take bookings and people lined up outside variously eyeing lucky tablefulls of people chomping down on their food or glaring at people looking likely to linger over the last spoonful of rice or green curry. The number of people waiting outside to get in was how we chose our favourite Vietnamese restaurant in Marrickville. Restaurants in Newtown had, from memory, been operating on a first in first served basis for a while by then. So can we really blame Gen Y for something that was probably happening when they were in nappies and most likely before?
I am partial to a pulled pork burger myself and don’t mind the move towards them. Like many food fads before them they will drop off restaurant and cafe menus eventually except for a few hold outs who will continue to churn them out for an appreciative audience in the know. The Atkins diet was big in the 90’s, fondue in the 70’s, every fine dining establishment worthy of the name used to have a prawn cocktail on the menu. Flash establishments may have boasted their own house sauce. The humble prawn cocktail is hard to comeby nowdays as its fad time is past. They probably came and went before Gen Y were even born. So we can’t blame them for food fads either. Nor do I think we can blame them for restaurants catering to the type of food ‘Gen Y’ apparently love. Apart from the gross generalisation about a diverse group of people, who is surprised that people in the food business cater to people who want to eat that food?
Like food restaurant decor goes through fads. Remember when Italian restaurants were all raffia covered chianti bottles hanging from the ceiling, red and white checked table clothes and photos of Roman villas on the walls? Granted it has been a while since I went to one, but the last one I remember has pared down, simple white table cloths and minimal decorations. Great food though. Street art and people wanting decoration on the cheap or going to expensive lengths to make it look cheap have been around for a long time. Before Gen Y I would wager.
Is it now fashionable to hang crap on Gen Y? (I am Gen X btw so this isn’t personal).