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“Rambling…” “Blinding flash of the obvious!” “Death by PowerPoint.” Thoughts that came to mind listening to an entitled group that get their exercise jumping to conclusions. Facts as I see them:
The site is ‘tainted’ – 4 or 5 (who’s counting) restaurants and 4 or 5 failures – all subsidized.
Alternatives abound – Yelp reports 1,416 ‘restaurants’ within the radius of Anthem Center and the intersection of S. Eastern Ave. & I-215. Even overstated by a factor of 2, that’s over 700 alternatives.
Where are the marketers and economists? Supply and demand, average table spend, motivation to try and return – these questions are ignored by those who have no idea of true customer motivation and renention. Root causes and 1st principles, people!
Habits have been set – Buckman’s, The Village Pub, Black Mountain Grill, to name a few. Those who patronized Vic’s and those who came before, as I devotedly contributed and wrote frequently on Yelp, have found suitable alternatives – and may not – some will not – return. SCA fearless leaders are living in a “Field of Dreams” – “If we build it, they will come”.
Failure rate is ignored – approx. 50% in the 1st year, 90% in 5 years – data may vary – http://online.csp.edu/blog/business/why-do-90-of-restaurants-fail-in-the-first-year
Too many constraints – exclusive catering can’t satisfy our Asian community to name only one segment.
Who’s gonna serve? We’re expecting food servers to drive up and down the hill – possibly 20 – 30 miles each work day to earn bupkus. Our community of parsimonious residents are not big tippers. Turn-over will be horrendous.
Gaming as a draw? You must be joking.
Conflict on a coffee shop? Don’t get me started with the FAS fiasco. Plenty of blame to go around on that one.
New attorney, new “restaurant experts” – but no new thinking.
I’d appreciate the benefit of inviting friends and family to our beautiful center if ‘the gang could learn to shoot straight’. I have no faith in a plausible execution after sitting through the paint drying exercise I endured yesterday. That’s an hour of my life I’ll never get back…