Tuesday, August 01, 2006

New Restaurant, Same Old Place

I've often wondered why no restaurants ever seem to last long at this place in Henderson Center, Eureka. I forget the number of the place, but it's right next to the Vellutini Baking Company on the corner of F and Henderson Streets.

Before the Oaxaca Grill opened here, it used to be Roman's Mexican and American Food. Before that, I believe it was the Bay City Grill, which won some award for best something or other. Bay City Grill seemed to always have a good crowd, at least whenever I was around to notice. I forget what was there before Bay City Grill.

So why the revolving door at this particular location? I know the Roman's, who owned Roman's. I'll have to ask them next time I see them why they bailed.


At 9:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have thought about that very store myself and all I can say is location, location, location. It takes a whole lot more than just a good location to help a business thrive, but what you don't pay for in location prominence you have to make up for in advertising. None of those places ever had an advertising presence that I saw. Add a bad location, and no advertising budget to a lack of parking at a busy intersection and voila — you have a business set up to fail.
Unfortunately, commercial kitchen set ups for restaurants are really expensive. As a result it's a whole hell of a lot easier to set up shop where there is a kitchen already. Unfortunately there are far too many people that are desperate to start a business without the funds to bankroll it properly. To top it all off, restaurants are risky business with frequently thin profit margins. The property owner should just tear out that damn kitchen and get a store front in there. That way they could at least get a tenant that would stick around awhile.

At 9:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No place to park. End of story. Who wants to walk in the wind and rain and cross numerous very busy intersections to get to a restaurant?

I loved the Bay City Grill, I still miss it.

/Orange Elmo

At 10:18 AM, Blogger Fred said...

Yeah. The reason I didn't frequent Roman's that often was parking was often difficult, especially since I'm usually dragging a trailer behind me.

At 11:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Try the Oaxaca Grill and order something with their mole sauce. This is a very good restaurant (at least for the Oaxacan style food).

I hope this one make it.

At 11:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Oaxaca Grill is quite good. The owners are very nice. Service is excellent.

At 11:41 AM, Blogger Eric V. Kirk said...

Shows how much I pay attention. I never noticed that the Bay City Grill was gone, and I've used the photo shop next door for court blow-ups for years.

At 12:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you sure there's a photo shop next door Eric ???

At 12:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Frame shop?

At 1:01 PM, Blogger Fred said...

Yep. I think it's Affordable Frames, or some such. It used to be a photo shop, though. And next to that is some kind of flower shop, I think.

I don't know if it's still there, but there used to be some kind of video gaming place in there somewhere.

Funny, I drive by there all the time and just don't pay much attention.

As an aside, I never could understand how anybody could make a living making or selling frames.

At 1:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eric, I can't understand how you make a living as an attorney ? You're always posting some mindless leftist drivel somewhere onthe blogs. When do you have time to work ? Or do you have to work as an attorney ? Maybe you're a trust fund baby ? A kept man ?

At 2:46 PM, Blogger Eric V. Kirk said...

I wish!

Actually, if you're really that curious, I spend about 1/2 hour to 45 minutes a day blogging, which is probably too much. I'm kind of addicted. But writing has always been a hobby anyway, so if I can spread joy and wonder to people like you, maybe it's worth it.

At 2:49 PM, Blogger Fred said...

For anyone who's interested, here's the current lineup next to the Oaxaca Grill. I just drove by there. From East to West on Henderson Street:

Eureka Florist
An alley
Sun, Rain and Time (some garden/ outdoors type place that used to be in Old Town. It's in the spot the video game place was).
Affordable Frames
Oaxaca Grill
Vellutini Baking Company


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