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Americans Take Their Valentines to Chain Restaurants

On every major holiday that traditionally includes going out to dinner — Mother's Day, Father's Day, and yesterday, Valentine's Day — people turn to the internet for restaurant locations and menus. Here's a screenshot from last night (8PM) of Google Trends of the top twenty searches, eight of which are for the chain restaurants Olive Garden, Outback Steakhouse, Red Lobster, Applebee's (twice), Texas Roadhouse, Carrabba's Italian Grill, and Benihana.

How does it compare to last year's Mothers Day searches? The only real difference is that Benihana and Applebee's made it into the top twenty on Valentine's Day: Because you take your lover to those places and not your mother?

· On Mother's Day, Moms Get to Go to a Chain Restaurant [-E-]
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