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From a food standpoint I don’t get it. Unless I’m on the highway out in the middle of nowhere I have no reason to eat at most chains. Olive Garden is so overpriced and salty I can’t see how anyone would actually want to go back after eating there once. On top of that, there has been a large presence of Italians in many American cities, so you better know of someplace better than OG if you live in a large city.
That block looks like it was renovated a while ago and just sitting empty waiting for takers. Glad someone else is going forward and opening up a restaurant here. Rigbsy’s opened a high end spot in the hood and succeeded, so why not places like this? Now keep in mind this is the third new place to open on E Main in less than a year after Irma’s on the intersection at Rhoades (Jamaican) and Zion Cafeteria (Soul Food) on Berkeley. I’ve got to make it down there this week and at least try one of these new places; if we want to see more places pop up here we’ve got to make a the trip out there and support what little good stuff there is and the food at this place sounds very promising. There is still a similar available spot right next door IIRC just in case anyone wants to join her.
Another plus is that I’ll finally be able to try Resch’s famous donuts without having to go way the hell out on E Livingston. Also, kudos to the Dispatch for another uplifting article on E Main in OTE. We need more of these vs. the usual one-sided all negative reporting.
That strip on Neil could have used a bar. There’s already fast food in the form of Jimmy John’s and a breakfast spot, Hang Over Easy, but nowhere to head out to at night for an alternative to High St.September 10, 2010 5:49 pm at 5:49 pm in reply to: Population Growth in Columbus, Decline in Cleveland #403455
They always sugar coat the reality here. We’ve probably lost around 10,000 residents or more in Linden and the Near South side alone in just over a decade, while Milo-Grogan is on its way to becoming a (to coin a term) ghost neighborhood. Our urban city is losing residents and I’m doubtful that the increase in the populations of other urban neighborhoods make up for the overall loss. It’s just irresponsible when city leaders tout these stats while doing little behind the scenes to address this all too real problem that we’re not immune from.September 7, 2010 4:45 am at 4:45 am in reply to: Bella Boutique: New Retail Tenant at Smith and High #401287September 7, 2010 2:15 am at 2:15 am in reply to: Bella Boutique: New Retail Tenant at Smith and High #401284
Bella Boutique: and they have the mannequins all dolled up. I have a picture, but don’t have my camera on hand right now…
Great news and I hope there will be more.September 6, 2010 1:42 am at 1:42 am in reply to: Where do you live? What do you love/hate about your neighborhood? #372917
South Clintonville – Cup O Joe, plenty of grocery options, Studio 35, Ray Ray’s, Walhalla, Denise’s and dive bars. Looking forward to trying out Gatto’s. Old North Columbus is right next door.
I don’t see it as an either/or proposition. Now if the same amount of money was also secured to renovate facades of commercial buildings on W Broad that would be really nice. Maybe they’re historical enough to receive a special designation for funding?
Oh, and I still think we should forget slogans and push for the nickname of “The Arch City”. Again, while it’s not scientific by any means, a brief look on Yelp at Portland and Austin’s amenities vs. ours, such as restaurant and nightlife options, show they both offer around twice as much in those departments. I can’t help but think that has some kind of effect. As for the “,OH” we’ve already kicked the competition’s ass long ago. We are the Columbus: period.
myliftkk wrote >>
Columbusite wrote >>
@myliftkk – Yes, I definitely agree that businesses working with EC would lead to more exposure for other neighborhoods not in the spotlight but deserve to be. Still, what’s wrong with EC being more active in promoting these hoods? Why am I doing more than they are?
@cbusite – You’re fundamentally mis-identifying the reality of the relationship between something like EC and neighborhoods of Columbus. The goal of EC is to win eyeballs for Columbus, by their own definition, to be the “orchestrator of a unique, positive and unparalleled experience for any and all visitors to Columbus.” Whether any of us agree on the how well it does that job or not, we can agree that nowhere does EC say it is dedicated to evenly dividing the spotlight it casts on the many neighborhoods of Columbus.
This isn’t about whether something deserves recognition, and that’s s key concept you have to accept at its core to move onto what the real issue is that has to be tackled and that’s for these neighborhoods to adopt and practice a consistent, successful, marketing and branding strategy within their own neighborhoods (and by consistent, I mean longer than a few months).
For example, consider Olde North Columbus. I’ve lived in cbus for 5 years and I’ve seen two things happen there that I remember, first they got road/sidewalk improvements, and second, they’ve just installed arches. I know there are a few restaurants there, but you know what, when I go in to get my haircut at mug n’ brush every month, there’s virtually not a single piece of neighborhood high st. business marketing inside his business (it’s almost all non high st. or out of hood) that I ever remember. You know how often Jim has ever discussed a local neighborhood business with me, or even suggested I visit another local business, again never. That’s not a EC problem, that’s a localized marketing problem that EC can’t solve. That problem has to be solved long before you’re going to see EC come knocking at that hood’s door with any frequency.
When you say you’re working harder at it that EC, you have to also admit you’re also working harder at it than a lot of the businesses you’re promoting. The latter is a much bigger problem than the former. If the latter gets solved, the former will work itself out in time.
I agree it’s not EC’s job to give everyone their fair share of the spotlight and I certainly don’t expect them to do so for neighborhoods like Linden even though there are worthy destinations; it’s just not for your average visitor and not likely somewhere an out-of-town family would want to take their kids out to eat.
While ONC businesses don’t promote themselves much if at all,
I just wonder how hard is it to mention in passing that it’s a spot you might want to check out for live music, bars, and a good variety of restaurants: ethnic or not. Again, they don’t have to, but it certainly undersells the variety that this city has to offer.
You sons ‘o bitches. You’re gonna make me buy a cheap house near Mount Carmel West. Goddamn you…or God bless you.
Just mentioned this, but Mediterranean is lacking. The Albanian establishments could easily serve Albanian dishes and draw tons more visitors simply by calling it “Mediterranean”. I also want a real Spanish restaurant and Barrio is not even close to cutting it. I need to see raciones (like tapas, but bigger portions) of jamon serrano and patatas bravas on the menu.August 28, 2010 3:07 am at 3:07 am in reply to: Caffe Illyria opens on State St – breakfast & lunch #395517
aarkae wrote >>
The menu is not much different from a Gyro place /regular sandwich joint. Where are the Tave Kosee (sp?) Byreks, mmm mm livers, and the pies?
Farce I tell ya, Farce!
Wait till I tell my Albanian friends. They will be pissed^2 off.
Good location though. And the interior looks good.
I will take the Philly sub.
Please encourage them to offer authentic Albanian dishes. No one fears Mediterranean cuisine and God knows Downtown is extremely lacking in that department. I’ll be sure to suggest this myself.
Cookie wrote >>
Oh, man. I live on High Street and the only street noise that ever bothers me is from motorcycles. Yes, you’re very manly and you got from that one stoplight to the next stoplight very quickly. Good for you. Now shut the fuck up.
I knew you had something useful to say.