So, I fired off a letter to the editor explaining that there is probably about 2,000 people in the area that cannot patronize these small restaurants because of the high probability of gluten being in everything they serve. My last sentence had the words "Gluten-Nightmares." It got printed, and as far as I know, no one fired back at me.
I did note that smaller, local places probably could not afford to do what is necessary to offer gluten-free menu items like the larger chains.
I don't know if it helped, but it sure made me feel better.