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Fill in the Blank

What would you like to see in this empty storefront?

Our newest column Fill in the Blank is where we photograph a vacant building in Marietta, and you tell us what type of establishment you'd like to see move in.

On Marietta Square between and , the location that previously housed Three Bears Cafe is empty.

So here's our question:

What would you like to see in this vacant storefront?

Cassi Cost January 31, 2012 at 07:53 PM
24 hour or late night/early morning healthy food diner. Kinda like R Thomas downtown. A restaurant with late hours would do very well next to The Strand for post-show grub!
Jennifer Davenport January 31, 2012 at 08:52 PM
how about a hang out with an intimate concert/small gig setting, coffee, alcohol, desserts, and vegan friendly?
Evalyn February 01, 2012 at 02:59 PM
I like both of these ideas! A diner would be awesome as would a really cool concert venue! Let it be something cool :)
Jeff A. Taylor February 01, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Don't we first have to discern why it is now empty? Why did Three Bears Cafe fail? It evidently had live music and tried to do the eclectic American fare thing, including breakfast all day. Never been to the space, so I'm piecing all this together from old reviews/caches. However, it seems to me that it tried to do too many things (lobster tail at dinner AND full bar, bands, and smoking -- plus the breakfast thing?) and wound up doing none of them very well. It also sounds like the layout is challenging (bathrooms upstairs) and maybe some fundamental redesign is required. Bottomline, it all comes down to profitability. Access, parking, foot-traffic, competing and complimentary products all define the possible. For example, servicing pre- or post-show crowds puts a premium on speed, light interesting group fare, at a good price. That might not be possible given the revenue you'll have to generate per table per night to cover your costs. Having said all that, I'd love to see an actual wood-fired pizza shop which did nothing but funky flatbreads. We're overrun with NY style joints, some of which are quite good but their is clearly a market niche for some talent local to explore.

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