Doomed Hoboken businesses in 2009?
Weathering the storm?
I was speaking with several people a few weeks ago – who seemed quite certain that at least FOUR businesses (bar/restaurants) are in grave danger of closing up shop this year because of the recent economic troubles. But they didn’t want to “share” their scoops with me (they were afraid I’d reveal their identities on 411…)
Instead, I conducted some informal street polls with well over 100 different Hoboken residents to gauge what their feelings were about the state of the bar/restaurant industry is like. While I hope everyone makes it through – you never know what the economic outlook will be like in 2009.
Below is a compilation of what I was told. (See poll at the end).
What bars or restaurants are in trouble in Hoboken?
Mile Square: Many residents mentioned this establishment, which was essentially the first semi-modern bar/restaurant in the 90’s which became a template for many others to come. Jennifer said “You can have bad food & service only so many times before word spreads. Their only saving grace is the size of the place and outdoor seating…”
Quays: While only mentioned a handful of times, the sentiment was clear – “There are hardly ever any people there. How do they stay in business?” said Mark.
Gaslight: I’ve been meaning to re-review this place since the new ownership, but haven’t had a chance. The general consensus was “They can’t get the food right,” and a couple people thought that the recent deadly DWI accident that one of the owners was in won’t help them much.
Buskers: Another place that is actually on my “to eat” list this week actually! When I was there a few weeks ago, I found out about the new management and want to give it a whirl. However, they can’t seem to shake the negative impression left behind. “The food sucks,” said Karen. When I told her about the new ownership, she had no idea. While Steve agreed and added “That renovated place across the street takes a lot of business away.”
Bin 14 Wine Bar: I was surprised to hear this from several people. While you can all see what people are saying about them on Hoboken411 – I figured because of the respected owners, riding the success of Anthony David’s would be a no-brainer. John said “They can’t continue like this. If they don’t make radical changes in the next six months, they’re doomed.” I disagreed – and feel that they can ride out any economic storm. What do you think?
Teak: Another place I was shocked to hear. Most people said similar things such as “Can’t sustain for long” or “The place is huge and hardly ever filled.” But with the City Diner getting revived by these very same owners – They don’t seem to be having any problems. Time will tell, I guess.
Other mentions: (A different) Steve said: “McMahon’s Brownstone. Total dump.” Michelle said “Sushi Lounge, the interior needs an update.” A couple others said “Elysian Cafe, gone downhill – a ripoff.” Some said Bombay West with “Always empty” as the general feeling. Also mentioned were Four L’s, Dubliner and even Three-A’s! (I couldn’t believe that one!)