Posting the last "Comings and Goings" and noticing how many high end restaurants have come and gone in the last three years, got me curious.
I made a couple of loops around downtown and counted the eateries that have survived.
If you take out bars (D & D, Corey's, JC's, Summit, Seven, Sidelines, etc.) and coffee shops (Starbucks, Bellatazza, etc) it's a pretty short list.
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So what I notice is: either there is Brew involved, or most of these survivors are what I would term "regular" or "casual" dining. (If I've overlooked anyone, I apologize.)
What's left of "fine" dining, I measure, without the Brew is:
I know that the Blacksmith has been going through it's drama, and the Pine Tavern has changed hands.
Then look at the list of "fine" dining that has left:
Bond Street Grill
And that is leaving out dozens of bars and casual dining establishments.
And I thought a bookstore was hard!
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