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In Reply to: RE: Selling food in a restaurant is totally hit or miss... posted by 3+4=5 on June 28, 2017 at 08:22:09
In San Diego's Gaslamp, there are literally maybe 100 restaurants and within 3 to 5 years, there are 100 different ones. The only ones that I recall being there nearly forever are the BBQ dive that was used in the Top Gun film and maybe one of two others that aren't trendy and just serve burgers and sandwiches at reasonable prices.
I agree mostly. Some restaurants last. Some don't. Where I live we have restaurants that have definately lasted. People stand in line. People pay others to stand in line for them. I would call that success.
On the other hand years ago I lived in a college town. One of my college buddies bought a bar after graduation.He changed the name and decor, came up with some fun ideas, ran it for a year and sold it. I asked him why. He explained that with college kids it's all about the new place. Everyone has to go to the new place. You can make money for a while. Then you sell. If you look at it as a temporary thing, that business model can work.
Yeah, there are plenty that do last the test of time. The Curbside Cafe here has been around a long time and is always packed and does well enough that they close down after lunch.
When I lived in LA during college, we'd always go to the Pantry for steak and eggs late at night or early in the morning, depending on how late we partied. A couple years ago, we were going to see the Eagles at the Staples Center in LA and I thought we could catch dinner at the Pantry which is a few blacks away, that is, if it was still there.
It is and hasn't changed a bit. A line out front that moves quickly and they still only take cash. I doubt the menu has changed since 1924, except for the prices which are still awfully reasonable.
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