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MCO to DIA

I recently drove my grandparents from Orlando, Florida to Denver, Colorado. It is just a little over 1,800 miles.  I think I have been to every major US city and almost every state. I love trying food from different regions and it is what excites me about Cinco Technologies.

One of the observations I made was the lack of local food options from town to town in rural America. Everything I saw was chain restaurants. McDonald’s, Dairy Queen, Applebees, and Waffle House are killing it on saturation. I also was interested in who owned the brands we ate at.

Our first night we stayed in a little town outside of Atlanta, Georgia called Kennesaw. Grandpa and I had dinner at On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina which is owned by Golden Gate Capital.

The second night we stayed in a little town called Paducah, Kentucky. That night we settled on Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill + Bar which is owned by Dine Brands Global. Grandpa tried to order the Thai Shrimp Salad and had to switch to the Southwestern Chicken Salad.  They were out of shrimp.

The final night we stayed in Salina, Kansas, and Grandpa and I had dinner at LongHorn Steakhouse owned by Darden Restaurants, Inc. I wanted to order an 8 oz Renegade Sirloin, they were out so I had to settle on a 6 oz. The table next to us tried to order the same thing and were quite upset about the bad news.

Businesses often lack access to fresh, local food because farmers, stores, and restaurants lack the connections to facilitate distribution. Well, I have some good news.

We are out to solve this problem.