MSNBC host Joe Scarborough and former Vice President Joe Biden sat down with the Late Show’s Chris Hardwick and former Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on Monday to discuss the state of late night dining options in America.
The conversation, which took place on Monday’s Late Show, was not without controversy.
During the show, Hardwick asked Biden about the issue of late-night restaurants, which he suggested could benefit from being open late.
The former vice president, who served as the country’s top agriculture secretary under President Barack Obama from 2013 to 2017, argued that opening up late night restaurants to accommodate the changing economy could benefit all Americans.
“This is not a question of whether the economy is good or bad, it’s a question about whether we’re going to make it better,” Biden said.
“And we need to make sure we get food in people’s homes.
We need to get people out of the car to get food.”
In fact, as the late-game theory goes, when the economy gets good, businesses tend to increase production, resulting in more food available for people to eat, making it more profitable for them to operate.
This is called the “economy of scale” theory, and it has been cited as a reason why some cities and states are opening late to accommodate these fast food chains.
But Hardwick pressed Biden on why he thought late night establishments were beneficial to the economy and the nation.
“I mean, it seems to me that there are certain things that we all want to see.
There are certain restaurants that need to be open late,” Biden told Hardwick.
“The issue with late night is if you are going to serve food at that time, you need to have enough people in there.
If you have to, you can’t have enough food in there because you are limited in what you can offer and what you have.
And that is why it seems like that is a bad time to open up a restaurant.
You don’t want to be opening at 3 a.m. with all those other restaurants that are opening, because they don’t need to open because they have food that is not available.”
Biden went on to say that it was time to change the food-safety standards that have been in place for decades.
“We should be in the business of making sure that we don’t put our consumers in danger,” he said.