I see there's a big pile of asphalt where the new Chili's is going to sit. Still have to wonder if Carbondale really needs another chain restaurant serving relatively bland ethnic food. After all, we've alredy places serving much more authentic Mexican food such as Tequila's and El Bajio and even decent Tex-Mex at Tres Hombres.
Will it do well? Of course. It's a nationally known chain restaurant. Look at how well Golden Corral, ShoMe's and Buffalo Wild Wings have done since they came in to Carbondale. I expect to see four times as many cars parked in front of Chili's as there are in front of the recently opened Stadium Grille. I expected to see a few dozen minimum wage jobs added to Carbondale's economic base. I expect to see a lot of people eating there. I expect to see a very slight bump in Carbondale's sales tax revenues and not much else.