I was sitting in a new burger joint the other night with my wife and stepdaughter and for a period of time, we were the only patrons in the place. It might have had something to do with the prices (3 burgers, 3 soft drinks, 1 french fry & 1 onion ring...$40.00) but then I got to thinking about how many different restaurants had been in that location (strip mall setting in a very small town). In the last 10 years, either 7 or 8 have tried to make a go of it but all failed. There are 2 successful restaurants and a take out pizza place there as well. Just down the road is a stand alone building that has about the same track record with new restaurants. The last of which just closed their doors after being open only 3 months. Are some locations just doomed? Poor research and a worse business plan? Are restaurants easy start ups and easier close downs?