This is in reference to the recent closings on Smith Street, e.g. Baluchis et al. What do you feel is lacking in the neighborhood as far as food goes? What would be your ideal?
For me? I don't think the issue is a lack of variety. We have plenty of variety of cuisines. I think the area needs to take a step or two back and for the restaurants to get back to the basics - meaning a focus on good tasting fresh food, good service (i.e. take credit cards and charge properly for what you are serving), and responsiveness to the customer. I would love to see an "American" restaurant that serves a bit of everything. A great neighjborhood joint. Think Blue Ribbon. Entree sized salads, fresh fish, good standards - exectuted excellently. Exciting specials when you want something different. For me, that would be a good beginning.