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Old 07-18-2008, 10:21 AM
 
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did all the restaurants open up...like chris ruth...I'm not into gambling last time
I was at a casino was in arizonia,
We have a Ruth Chris Steakhouse down in North Palm Beach. I'm a vegetarian, but my partner has eaten there & said the steaks are phenomenal but to bring an oxygen tank 'cause you'll keel over from sticker shock!!!
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Old 07-18-2008, 12:24 PM
 
Location: wilkes-barre
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Why can't Downtown Wilkes-Barre or Downtown Scranton support cool hot spots like Panera Bread, Cold Stone Creamery, Starbuck's, etc.? I'm by no means a chain-store lemming and prefer to patronize independent businesses over the "big boys," but having such businesses in our downtown cores would give outsiders the impression that we are indeed "bouncing back." An ice cream parlor (hell, even a Rita's Italian Ice), would do gang-buster business in Downtown Wilkes-Barre, where, to my knowledge, an ice cream parlor doesn't exist.
It would be awsome if Hillside Farms would open up a satelite location by the new movie theater in downtown W-B. Call them or e-mail them and tell them!
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Old 07-18-2008, 12:38 PM
 
Location: wilkes-barre
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Why can't Downtown Wilkes-Barre or Downtown Scranton support cool hot spots like Panera Bread, Cold Stone Creamery, Starbuck's, etc.? I'm by no means a chain-store lemming and prefer to patronize independent businesses over the "big boys," but having such businesses in our downtown cores would give outsiders the impression that we are indeed "bouncing back." An ice cream parlor (hell, even a Rita's Italian Ice), would do gang-buster business in Downtown Wilkes-Barre, where, to my knowledge, an ice cream parlor doesn't exist.
I've talked to francise consultents about what it would take to open a francises in downtown W-B. Acually an ice-cream parlor. And they just want nothing to do with a downtown location. They avoid them like the plague. They want to be by Wal-Marts, malls and shopping districts. According to the guy I've spoken with, It's just to risky, high rent, no parking ect. It doesn't look good on paper to be downtown, to these big corperations. They do research on finding the best possible locations, and they are obviously not in America's downtowns. They have a formula that they like to stick to and that's about it! They will not put up the money to risk trying something downtown (unless it's downtown Manhattan! 42nd and Braodway... maybe!.) You'd have to do it independently with your own money.
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Old 07-18-2008, 07:10 PM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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We have a Ruth Chris Steakhouse down in North Palm Beach. I'm a vegetarian, but my partner has eaten there & said the steaks are phenomenal but to bring an oxygen tank 'cause you'll keel over from sticker shock!!!
Yes. My friend Meg and I just nosed around inside of there today. $29 for three crab cakes?
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Old 07-18-2008, 09:55 PM
 
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I was just at the casino last night with my friends, and we were all blown away by it. I never thought I would live to see the day when little 'ole Wilkes-Barre had such an upscale entertainment complex. Then again, as the area's unofficial travel guide I spent more time chatting with people who spotted me out of the crowd than I did feeding money into the machines. LOL! I even saw my aunt and uncle from Atlanta; my uncle, a salesman, was in the region on business for a couple of days and decided to scope out the new offerings. To say it is just like Atlantic City would be quite accurate. There were definitely thousands of people there. My main gripe though is that Mohegan Sun should have been a bit more forward-thinking in that they should have built a parking garage instead of seeming multitudes of square miles of parking lots for us to get lost in! LOL!

Everything looked very upscale. My friend got coffee from a small Manhattan-style bakery with comfortable chairs, and I enjoyed a very delicious chocolate chunk cookie from there. There were also some retail venues as well, although all were out of my price range. I saw a gorgeous button-down shirt in the display window of a mens' clothing store, but then I saw the price tag and nearly collapsed---$118!

I fed $20 into a slot machine called "MonsterMadness" or something along those lines and was up to $28.50 when I cashed out. I then lost all of that and $20 more on other machines. My one friend from Ohio enjoyed the video blackjack machines. He was sitting next to a trucker from Michigan who was passing through the area and was apparently a master of the game---I glanced over out of curiosity and saw that he had a pot of well over $600!

The casino was very crowded. Since when is NEPA an economically "depressed" area?
I gotta hand it to NEPA. I lived there most of my life and moved to the Lehigh Valley in October 1998. When I moved away, Mayor Tom was still running W-B, Crime was on the increase, I couldn't take my kids to a W-B playground without finding broken glass, graffiti, used condoms, etc., The arena was only half finished, The W-B twp. retail explosion hadn't happened yet, unemployment was up, There was NOTHING in Downtown W-B, I couldn't get out of the area fast enough. The future didn't look bright for the youth of NEPA.( I have 4 children) WOW though. what a difference 10 years makes. Kinda makes me wish a little that I would of stuck around and waited the bad times out.. I look at the prices of homes in wyoming valley and for what I paid for my tiny house in the Lehigh Valley, I could have a huge house in Wyoming Valley. I love the Lehigh Valley, but the cost of living in comparison to W-B is choking me.
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Old 07-18-2008, 11:11 PM
 
Location: Wilkes-Barre, PA
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I gotta hand it to NEPA. I lived there most of my life and moved to the Lehigh Valley in October 1998. When I moved away, Mayor Tom was still running W-B, Crime was on the increase, I couldn't take my kids to a W-B playground without finding broken glass, graffiti, used condoms, etc., The arena was only half finished, The W-B twp. retail explosion hadn't happened yet, unemployment was up, There was NOTHING in Downtown W-B, I couldn't get out of the area fast enough. The future didn't look bright for the youth of NEPA.( I have 4 children) WOW though. what a difference 10 years makes. Kinda makes me wish a little that I would of stuck around and waited the bad times out.. I look at the prices of homes in wyoming valley and for what I paid for my tiny house in the Lehigh Valley, I could have a huge house in Wyoming Valley. I love the Lehigh Valley, but the cost of living in comparison to W-B is choking me.
We all would certainly welcome you back with open arms, I know many of us are really excited to see the progress here and more people joining in the progress only strengthen's our resolve.
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Old 07-19-2008, 06:18 AM
 
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Yes. My friend Meg and I just nosed around inside of there today. $29 for three crab cakes?
PLUS TAX & TIP!!!!


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Old 07-19-2008, 07:41 AM
 
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this is a pretty good steak/...whatever place in dickson city..more affordable
Texas Roadhouse (http://www.texasroadhouse.com/restaurant/88/ - broken link)
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Old 07-19-2008, 09:34 AM
 
Location: Wilmington NC. (Ogden)
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this is a pretty good steak/...whatever place in dickson city..more affordable
Texas Roadhouse (http://www.texasroadhouse.com/restaurant/88/ - broken link)

Longhorn is an incredible steakhouse, for a chain. I believe there is one near the shops at montage. I'm not sure if the menu varies from here to there, but the lobster and crab dip is a must have!

The staff at the one here really cares too. I generally get some sort of chicken, and the manager generally stops by to remind me that it is a steak house
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Old 07-19-2008, 10:31 AM
 
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We have a Ruth Chris Steakhouse down in North Palm Beach. I'm a vegetarian, but my partner has eaten there & said the steaks are phenomenal but to bring an oxygen tank 'cause you'll keel over from sticker shock!!!
I'm going to guess that the Ruth Chris is meant for the high roller types (Hence being around the casino) rather than for the types like me (living paycheck to paycheck)
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