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Monday, February 29, 2016

More competition or not?

As the Grove gets more and more new restaurants, I know that some of the older restaurants are concerned. They have told me, "More competition."

What do you think? I think more restaurants brings more people and everyone benefits. Others don't feel like that, but without new restaurants the Grove is stale. Consumers have told me that they get tired of eating at the same old places. I am sort of the opposite, I get used to a place and go back daily. But I do like to see all the new places opening up.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Competition should serve as incentive for older restaurants to up their game by changing their menu around or introducing specials to lure clientele. Sure people might come by to visit the latest trendy place, but if one of the older restaurants stands out while they're walking around or whatever, they might just come back to eat there.

February 29, 2016 10:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More restaurant's certainly more variety and hopefully more boots on the sidewalks.

February 29, 2016 11:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More restaurants are better if there is more parking and a reopened playhouse which will increase demand and foot traffic.

February 29, 2016 2:25 PM  
Anonymous Carla said...

Competition is great, it brings the best out of people. Hopefully the "old" restaurants will be able to keep up with the times and with what people are looking for.

February 29, 2016 3:14 PM  
Blogger peter laird said...

Think about how you make your dining-out decisions. Sometimes you're in the mood for a particular restaurant or cuisine. There are a handful of destination restaurants in the Grove that are well-known to people (i.e. Greenstreet, Strada, Lokal, Jaguar, Peacock Garden Cafe, etc.) because they've been here a long time and/or have great food, service and ambiance.

Sometimes you just want to walk around somewhere and see what looks good. Your first inclination is to find a walkable neighborhood that's got a lot of decent, interesting restaurants to choose from (i.e. Coral Gables, Brickell, Wynwood, Midtown, etc.)

Most people know the Grove's business district is a great place to stroll around, but I don't think we've been top-of-mind as a dining destination - for locals or visitors. Now, suddenly, there's a lot of buzz being created with all the new restaurants opening here, and people are thinking about the Grove again. This is a good thing - not just for our restaurants but for all of our merchants.

Bottom line: the more quality restaurants we have here I n the Grove, and the greater the variety, the more people there are that will come here to dine, shop, stroll and enjoy our beautiful village. A rising tide lifts all boats...

February 29, 2016 4:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Peter, 11:16 anon, Jobie Steppe here, I believe we both said the same; the new meets the old and all Grove benefits. You comment said so much more than mine; detail is good.

February 29, 2016 9:05 PM  
Blogger Kathleen Morris said...

Super exciting that the Grove is becoming a foodie paradise as well as an awesome place to hang.. I think it will benefit to all the GREAT restaurants already here. People like to hang where there is energy.. the great restaurants that exist in the grove have lots of energy.. I think Sylvano Bignon (Greenstreets) should teach new restaurants how to succeed in business.. he sure has the formula down on how to do it right... and of course good food always wins.

March 01, 2016 8:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The food at Greenstreets is bland, boring, and wholly uninspired. The food has nothing to do with the success, instead, he sold image and location. Vapid nitwits eat is up.

March 01, 2016 12:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Vapid nitwits eat it up." and such is the American Way...

March 02, 2016 12:38 PM  

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