It's sad to think the industry has not evolved in your area. I think that the current economy will weed out owners that you talk about.
Most owners that have management scared to take vacation usually don't have any insight into the business.
In this area owners are getting very involved in their operations. Sure, money based decisions have to be made, but that old thinking of
paying your dues and ruling with a sharp stick to the eye are steadily evaporating.
Owners have started networking and have their niches. There are the convienient places where people can eat out. Then There are many
places where the people go out to eat. for the experience. Chefs are promoted and very visable and have trained staff to help educate
their clientel. This allows them to pass on the cost.
The larger houses/hotels are still in that cut labor theme. Those decisions are usually coming from some bean counter in a cubicle.
The revolving door down here is slowing.