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Friday, February 1, 2008

Too many restaurants downtown?

The Enquirer just posted an article wondering if there are too many restaurants downtown. Initially, my thought was that there couldn't possibly be too many restaurants downtown-- thinking about places with downtowns that are far more thriving, like Louisville or Pittsburgh. Then, this quote popped out:

Paula Kirk of Paula’s Café on Fourth Street, open only for lunch, said she’s getting a smaller piece of those workers’ business. She sees each new lunch-place opening pulling customers away.

“When Potbelly on the Square opened, all the people in the Fifth Third building could go there instead of here,” she said. “It’s hard, and especially because some of the new places are chains. They have more leverage.”

She has an excellent point. Though we have had some new non-chain restaurants open, like Via Vite and Nada, but most of the other newer restaurants are chains: Potbelly, McCormick and Schmick's, Boi Na, among others. They do have more buying power and marketing power than a smaller, locally-owned restaurant. So what can we do, as a city, to encourage more independent restaurants to come downtown? What could open downtown that would give people more things to do? A movie theater might be nice, or more shopping. We have a thriving theater scene downtown already. What about more small venues for music or comedy?

What do you think?

1 comment:

Ryan Detzel said...

I personally think that there need to be even more restaurants. Business owners never like to see more competition. That's the name of the game though.

We benefit from more restaurants too...not just with variety, but it also causes the older places to keep their edge sharp. They can't charge whatever they want if there's competition across the street.

On another note, email me at detzelpretzel@gmail.com for info on the food co-op.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Too many restaurants downtown?

The Enquirer just posted an article wondering if there are too many restaurants downtown. Initially, my thought was that there couldn't possibly be too many restaurants downtown-- thinking about places with downtowns that are far more thriving, like Louisville or Pittsburgh. Then, this quote popped out:

Paula Kirk of Paula’s Café on Fourth Street, open only for lunch, said she’s getting a smaller piece of those workers’ business. She sees each new lunch-place opening pulling customers away.

“When Potbelly on the Square opened, all the people in the Fifth Third building could go there instead of here,” she said. “It’s hard, and especially because some of the new places are chains. They have more leverage.”

She has an excellent point. Though we have had some new non-chain restaurants open, like Via Vite and Nada, but most of the other newer restaurants are chains: Potbelly, McCormick and Schmick's, Boi Na, among others. They do have more buying power and marketing power than a smaller, locally-owned restaurant. So what can we do, as a city, to encourage more independent restaurants to come downtown? What could open downtown that would give people more things to do? A movie theater might be nice, or more shopping. We have a thriving theater scene downtown already. What about more small venues for music or comedy?

What do you think?

1 comment:

Ryan Detzel said...

I personally think that there need to be even more restaurants. Business owners never like to see more competition. That's the name of the game though.

We benefit from more restaurants too...not just with variety, but it also causes the older places to keep their edge sharp. They can't charge whatever they want if there's competition across the street.

On another note, email me at detzelpretzel@gmail.com for info on the food co-op.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Too many restaurants downtown?

The Enquirer just posted an article wondering if there are too many restaurants downtown. Initially, my thought was that there couldn't possibly be too many restaurants downtown-- thinking about places with downtowns that are far more thriving, like Louisville or Pittsburgh. Then, this quote popped out:

Paula Kirk of Paula’s Café on Fourth Street, open only for lunch, said she’s getting a smaller piece of those workers’ business. She sees each new lunch-place opening pulling customers away.

“When Potbelly on the Square opened, all the people in the Fifth Third building could go there instead of here,” she said. “It’s hard, and especially because some of the new places are chains. They have more leverage.”

She has an excellent point. Though we have had some new non-chain restaurants open, like Via Vite and Nada, but most of the other newer restaurants are chains: Potbelly, McCormick and Schmick's, Boi Na, among others. They do have more buying power and marketing power than a smaller, locally-owned restaurant. So what can we do, as a city, to encourage more independent restaurants to come downtown? What could open downtown that would give people more things to do? A movie theater might be nice, or more shopping. We have a thriving theater scene downtown already. What about more small venues for music or comedy?

What do you think?

1 comment:

Ryan Detzel said...

I personally think that there need to be even more restaurants. Business owners never like to see more competition. That's the name of the game though.

We benefit from more restaurants too...not just with variety, but it also causes the older places to keep their edge sharp. They can't charge whatever they want if there's competition across the street.

On another note, email me at detzelpretzel@gmail.com for info on the food co-op.