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'Sign Of The Times': Fewer Crayons

Red Robin cuts back to red and blue. dalechumbley/Flickr Creative Commons hide caption

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Red Robin cuts back to red and blue.

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Robert Ackerman of Kirkland, Wash. writes:

Yesterday, we went to eat at Red Robin, my son's fave restaurant, where he always has the Clucks and Fries (chicken tenders and french fries). Red Robin is a Seattle chain, with a large part of its business marketed for kids. It welcomes birthday parties, where the waiters sing its unique birthday song, and it has the Red Robin in costume — who, just like Chuckie Cheese, scares the bejesus out of the little kids. My youngest daughter, who these days is sometimes a kid and sometimes an adult when it comes to menus, got a kid's menu. You know, with word puzzles, tic-tac-toe layouts, mazes, and figures to color in. It used to come with a pack of 4 crayons — red, blue, yellow and green. Yesterday it had a pack of two — red and blue.