Re:Somers Point NJ
Yeah, not too surprising. The facilty is really nice, but being between the Crab Trap and Charlies (and the others up on that hill) any new place will have to fight to establish itself - and I suspect that it would have to be year round to succeed.
Now, I wonder how the bridge/circle constuction is coming and if that will help. I also wonder what kind of place might succeed there - some thoughts:
1. Some kind of "margaritaville/senor frogs" type bar. Just kind of go with the idea that seasonal is about the best it'll be, maybe design it so that most of the property could be shut down off season and keep only a small bar area open off-season.
2. An italian place that focuses on high volume (the place is so big) at reasonable prices - and with a water view to boot. Voltaco's closes off season and all that's left is Luigi's (is that the name?) on 9th. Like above, they could design it so major portions are shuttered off season but they remain open in a scaled back way.
3. I'd like to see a high-end restaurant, local produce, known chef, etc. But I don't think the local demo will support it - unless....
4. Subdivide the space. The most difficult hurdle, I believe, is the sheer size of the place. If they have 4 separate restaurants, each doing their own thing and succeeding/failing on their own merit - I think that would actually raise the tide for the whole property and have better chance for overall success.
What are your thoughts? Of course, mine don't matter much and (maybe) there's already a new tenant for the space - I'm 200 miles away so haven't heard. Have you heard anything?