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Jakarta Post

More people want to eat out more often, but most aren't able to

  • Debnath Guharoy


Jakarta   /   Tue, June 3 2008   /  09:48 am

In a country the size of Indonesia, eating out adds up to big business right around the country. Whether it's a warung, a takeaway outlet, a quick-service or conventional restaurant, every form of eating out is visibly growing. If growing incomes were not being eroded by runaway increases in the cost of food and transportation, more people would be eating out than are doing so today. Almost half the population ate at a warung at least once in the last three months, many of them regularly. About 13 percent of the population dines out at a restaurant equally often. This is big business. In comparison, just over 10 percent of the population patronize fast-food restaurants, led by the modest but immensely popular Restoran Sederhana. Not surprising, considering that eight out of 10 people "like to have traditional meals like home". Regardless of the kin...