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Old 05-05-2016, 03:50 AM
 
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I have a different take on the long term problem with Uptown Greenville restaurants (specifically locally owned).

As someone who watched a place like CPW's evolve....what evolved was the setting. What was there from the start was the FOOD.

Look at B's...no one cares about the building, all they care about is what they are eating,

Too many entrepreneurs are so focused on the environment, that they forget what they are selling...if you have bad food, people won't come BACK. And word of mouth is a huge thing...people talk and if the food is not good or it is overpriced, people wont show up.

There also can be a price point and time issue with college students...when Char Grill move on to 10th St a long time back, they tried to sell $6 hamburgers and make you wait for them....two doors down from McDonalds. College students aren't going to spend $6 for a hamburger, even if it is better....and sit around and wait while it is being cooked.

The secret is have good food and have a variety on the menu for the folks that have little money.
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Old 05-05-2016, 08:32 AM
 
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I think Fitzgerald's was just a hair too early. They were a restaurant and bar and there wasn't enough traffic to keep them afloat yet. As more residents move into the area there are more bodies around to eat and not just coming in at night to drink.
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Old 05-05-2016, 09:32 AM
 
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Country music artist Eric Church will headline an Aug. 20 concert inside ECU's Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium
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Old 05-05-2016, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Greenville, NC
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I have a different take on the long term problem with Uptown Greenville restaurants (specifically locally owned).

As someone who watched a place like CPW's evolve....what evolved was the setting. What was there from the start was the FOOD.

Look at B's...no one cares about the building, all they care about is what they are eating,

Too many entrepreneurs are so focused on the environment, that they forget what they are selling...if you have bad food, people won't come BACK. And word of mouth is a huge thing...people talk and if the food is not good or it is overpriced, people wont show up.

There also can be a price point and time issue with college students...when Char Grill move on to 10th St a long time back, they tried to sell $6 hamburgers and make you wait for them....two doors down from McDonalds. College students aren't going to spend $6 for a hamburger, even if it is better....and sit around and wait while it is being cooked.

The secret is have good food and have a variety on the menu for the folks that have little money.
But the people who want cheap food are college students... and then you are back where you started.

That place next to Dickinson Ave Public House (I think? or is DAPH the restaurant?) has high prices compared to a lot of other places. Along with the location, that keeps the bad crowd out.
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Old 05-05-2016, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Greenville, NC
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I think Fitzgerald's was just a hair too early. They were a restaurant and bar and there wasn't enough traffic to keep them afloat yet. As more residents move into the area there are more bodies around to eat and not just coming in at night to drink.
This & them being in trouble with underage drinking probably didn't help either. I really liked Fitzgeralds the couple of times I went at lunch...but it was always fairly dead when I was in there. If the existing restaurants & businesses can hold ground for another couple of years I think their daytime business will see an uptick once the other 2 apartment complexes are in place, the ECU student services building is in place, the Trillium employees being down there...the list goes one. It's still a bumpy ride right now during the day...it is certainly a lot better than it was say 5 years ago, but the Boundary has only helped so much being on the outskirts of the uptown area.
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Old 05-06-2016, 06:18 AM
 
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Off the current topic, but I think very relevant to our interests is the road safety in Greenville. When is the city/county going to address the clear and obvious issues on some of our main roads? For example, last night ANOTHER person was killed on Arlington near Red Banks.

Pedestrian hit by car in Greenville dies

How can they continue to ignore the fact that Arlington from Memorial to Firetower is extraordinarily dangerous? I've lived in Turtle Creek for 8 years, and the amount of vehicle related deaths just yards away is crazy. I'm very glad they put up a light at Whitley on Firetower, but that's hardly the worst hit spot.

Pitt County Ranked Most Dangerous For Collisions Statewide

The article above very likely remains relevant, despite its now 3 year age.

Vent over.
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Old 05-06-2016, 12:54 PM
 
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Moss Landing Harbor Homes in Washington made a recruitment? video on Greenville that is pretty cool.


https://vimeo.com/163856633
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Old 05-08-2016, 07:10 PM
 
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Two excavators arrived at the ECU main campus student union site last week. Maybe they're finally about to get started!?
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Old 05-08-2016, 07:16 PM
 
Location: Greenville, NC
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Don't worry, they'll just sit there for the next two weeks while the workers drive their big ass pickup trucks around watching the grass grow ��
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Old 05-09-2016, 07:32 AM
 
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Two excavators arrived at the ECU main campus student union site last week. Maybe they're finally about to get started!?
I'm sure they are waiting until after graduation to really get things going...lots less going on in the summer.
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