Since it seems that every day I go past another shuttered business, we obviously have retail and office space to spare. Why not seize the situation as an opportunity to fill those spaces with businesses we actually NEED in town and to encourage entrepreneurs to meet those needs? Okay, here’s my list.
A GOOD KOSHER DELI Those healthy delis at Co-Op and ENF don’t count. Not enough cholesterol. A warm, juicy, greasy pastrami san with a latke or two can rejuvenate your soul for a week. The pastrami Reuben at Hole-in-the- Wall is close, but where’s the chicken liver? The matzoh ball soup? We await our deliverance.
MORE PARKING IN HENDERSON CENTER The situation is just on the edge of being too crowded and if the Henderson Center Market Place or anything else ever comes to roost in the old Robert’s space or along Henderson Street, the tipping point will have been reached. The demise of the Go Go Bistro, a nice little lunch spot with an unusual menu,is truly sad, and I wouldn’t be surprised if parking was one of the contributing factors. By the way, it was reported in the media that Esmeralda’s restaurant on Grotto was the target of an arson attack. If so, the firebugs must have had pretty poor aim. The morning after, Esmeralda’s was open for lunch with nary a scratch but the building NEXT to it, further toward “G” was boarded up and as of today was sporting a “For Sale” sign. Parking’s pretty good on that block, by the way.
A RELIABLE SHUTTLE BETWEEN EUREKA AND REDDING enabling travelers to bypass our ill-located and unreliable airport. The first person to do this legally will make some money. There are already wildcat outfits going after this market. Check Craig’s List. And how about a shuttle to Eugene? You can pick up the AMTRAK there.
HUMBOLDT-MADE YOGURT from local cows. Not that frozen stuff, real yogurt.
TAKEOUT CHICKEN With the departure of KFC (the closest now is in Fortuna) and the fact that its sort-of replacement, Church’s, is execrable, we are left with Winco which is meh and COSTCO which is a whole different thing, being rotisserie vs. fried. When you go for takeout chicken you don’t want healthy, although El Pollo Loco is delicious and I’d be a regular if someone opened one here. Anyone? I’d be a regular at Chic-Fil-A too if they ever made it up here, even with their weird management and policies (closed on Sundays.)
GYROS Having to drive to Valley West to the Kebab Cafe is just wrong. At one time Simon was talking about opening in Eureka. Hurry, Simon! and finally
KOREAN FOOD Since that place near the Arcata Safeway closed, there is nothing. How can we have an Ethiopean restaurant in Eureka but no Korean? Bad show.
So come on, entrepreneurs, here are your pockets of opportunity. I imagine you folks can think of some more felt needs around town. Let’s hear from you!