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Emu_steve
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Posted on Friday, January 05, 2007 - 8:30 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pb cs.dll/article?AID=/20070105/B IZ/701050319

Could it head downtown?
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Spidergirl
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Posted on Friday, January 05, 2007 - 8:35 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Is downtown really the place for a rustic/hunting lodge type brewery?
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Stecks77
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Posted on Friday, January 05, 2007 - 8:42 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Why not?
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Jt1
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Posted on Friday, January 05, 2007 - 8:51 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

So Detroit doesn't have a monopoly on irrational landlords.

I suspect they will try to stay in the same area since I am guessing that much of their clientele base comes from Pistons games and otehr events at the Palace.

(Message edited by jt1 on January 05, 2007)
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Gannon
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Posted on Friday, January 05, 2007 - 8:57 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

They can serve up freshly hunted quail and fox from the prairieland.


I only stopped in there before a few concerts at the Palace, and it was great both times. Jeez, that place had capacity...but I'm sure things changed for them after the Lions started their losing streak within the city. It must suck existing in the shadows of the Silverdome.



But, it seems from the article that GREED was the main culprit...the landlord wanted a 30% increase in rent. Of course, we don't know what sweetheart deal might've been cut initially, but that seems steeper than ANY retail operation can withstand.
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Ramcharger
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Posted on Friday, January 05, 2007 - 9:06 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I suspect that the rent increase was a ploy to force them out. We will probably see one of those bland suburban office buildings go up on that site within a couple of years.
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Detroitplanner
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Posted on Friday, January 05, 2007 - 9:31 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

If you think about it, there are many reasons why downtown is a good location for this restaurant:

1. A proven track record with many successful restaurant operating.

2. A concentration of folks within walking distance for lunch.

3. Several sports franchises, casinos, and special events to help support night business.

4. A growing population base.

5. Lots of empty prime retail space, with lots of land owners looking for a signature tennant to draw others to rent retail, office or housing space.
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Hysteria
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Posted on Friday, January 05, 2007 - 9:36 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

6. Good beer is always welcome.

At least the location up North is staying open!

(Message edited by HYSTERIA on January 05, 2007)
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Drankin21
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Posted on Friday, January 05, 2007 - 10:06 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

7. Lack of a place downtown to get a good steak without feeling underdressed.
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Yaktown
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Posted on Friday, January 05, 2007 - 8:54 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Wow, I'm surprised to read that. I had always wanted to go there, was even thinking of it for my birthday this year. I've never heard anything bad about the place. But geez, a 30% increase in rent?! As an aside, did they once have a Big Buck in Grand Rapids? I recall seeing billboards a few years ago when I was driving thru that side of the state. Article also stated that Chuck's on the Boulevard closed. Another place I wanted to try! Oh well, I can get my Nawlins' cravings elsewhere ;-)
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Futurecity
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Posted on Friday, January 05, 2007 - 8:59 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Here's to Big Buck - C'mon down!

Downtown, that is.
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Lowell
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Posted on Friday, January 05, 2007 - 9:26 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

8. They could make a killing off the downtown hoe down.
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Hysteria
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Posted on Friday, January 05, 2007 - 9:30 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Yaktown - the GR location closed a few years ago. You'll have to go up to Gaylord!
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Alexei289
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Posted on Friday, January 05, 2007 - 9:40 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

lol... man from someone who makes his living in construction... that landlord is pie in the sky dreaming if he thinks he can find a new tennant for that place... So what... he can build a new office building... right now vacancy rates are near 20-25%... even in one of metro detroit's business hotspots...

Downtown is the best place for a restaurant of any type because of year round sporting events. 3 of the 4 major sports teams in this town are within .5 miles of eachother. Not to mention the 100k workers that are there daily.


Just dont hire employees that have ever gotten pissed off ;)
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Bibs
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Posted on Friday, January 05, 2007 - 9:44 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Move over Asian Village. Big Buck Brewery is coming downtown. It would be nice if it would set up shope along the river front with Asian Village and create another entertainment district.
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Alexei289
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Posted on Friday, January 05, 2007 - 10:15 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Better yet GCP.. That area has been completely rebuilt for large capacity of shops and crowds over the last few years, and is by far the most under utilized section of downtown. Every other sub neighborhood is doing fairly well, but GCP has both the capicity, planned growth, and its RIGHT off the people mover.... great place for tigers fans to hang out after the game, yet wont be flooded like the greektown area is. This could do a much better job at spreading the wealth over all of downtown for the entire cities benefit.
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Jerome81
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Posted on Saturday, January 06, 2007 - 3:03 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Who needs a Cheesecake Factory or ESPN Zone now?!
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Milwaukee
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Posted on Saturday, January 06, 2007 - 6:07 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

the article talked about how this was one of a string of restaurant closings? Is that true have a noticable amount of restaurants closed in the region?
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Charlottepaul
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Posted on Saturday, January 06, 2007 - 6:16 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Esp. in the suburbs!! Yeah inner-city!!!
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The_nerd
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Posted on Saturday, January 06, 2007 - 8:56 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I would love for a big brewery (regional/national bottler) to open downtown, like Great Lakes in Cleveland. Burning River Ale, ummmmmmmmmmmmmm..... ::drools like Homer Simpson::

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