It's one thing to lose a favorite restaurant to "circumstances beyond control" - lost a lease, loss of key personnel, etc. It's another to go in visit after visit and see the place nearly empty, and to have that uneasy feeling of "How long can they last with this little business?" One has the feeling that if only people would try the place, taste the food, or whatever, the business would come, but yet that first step seems to be the hardest.
Having lost two faves recently (Ras Doobie's and Cafe Amore) due at least in part to insufficient customer traffic, I'd like to ask local 'hounds to post recs for their faves that give one that sad "This is wonderful, why aren't there more people here?" feeling. Maybe if we 'hounds spread the word more vigorously for some of these "deserve to make it" kinds of places, we can keep at least some of them going for all to enjoy.
Trust me, to see your under-appreciated fave go under is not a good feeling, so let's do what we can to prevent it.