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Chains Eye Coney Island

coney-island-chains-eater.jpgThree national franchises — Applebee's, Johnny Rockets, and Red Mango — have announced plans to open outposts along Coney Island's Surf Avenue. The news prompts blog Amusing the Zillion to ask, "Is the north side of Surf Avenue destined to become a mecca for franchises?" They explore the whole issue, including ways the city could work to promote small, independent businesses. [Amusing the Zillion via Grub Street]