Thursday, March 21, 2013

Added Flavor to the Downtown

Oriental Flavor, 25 South Pleasant Street.  Opening soon (hopefully)

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just what Amherst needs. Another restaurant! Another Chinese restaurant even! Sillines!

Anonymous said...

Being that we are PC here in Amherst- Shouldn't the name be Asian Flavor?

Walter Graff said...

Glad to see it's called Oriental Flavor. Just shows that Asians aren't so overly PC and can call things what they want without feeling like they are offending someone, including themselves.

As for too many? Two of the most common places you'll find anywhere in America are Chinese and pizza. Eight pizza places in a two mile radius of ʇsɹǝɥɯɐ and only four Chinese. Always room for more fast food. I wish them well. Gōng zhù.

As for another restaurant, ʇsɹǝɥɯɐ proves over and over that retail doesn't work here. Considering the food traffic and the demographic of the populous most of the year, food is the best way to go, and finger food/fast food is king. And anything Asian and fusion is hot now.

Anonymous said...

You're an idiot Walter. There are right now way to many restaurants in Amherst. Thats proven by the number that open and close in a year.

Walter Graff said...

Sorry, I don't respond to ignorant responses by cowards who can't post a name but will state a fact; the success and failure rate of restaurants has little to do with how many three are in a community. One in four restaurants in any community open and close or change hands in a year. Over three years that number rises to 3 out of 5. And franchised restaurants do little better having 43% failure rate after a year. I've watched about that many restaurants fail since I've been watching ʇsɹǝɥɯ∀ from 1999.

So the ʇsɹǝɥɯ∀ restaurant scene is no different that Columbus Ohio, Northampton or NYC. Count the failure rate of restaurants here in the last ten years and you'll see it's par with the industry.

Since you've never worked in the business you wouldn't know that restaurants and bars actually like more restaurants in clusters as it actually increases overall business. Bars and restaurants do well in numbers.

Kind of sad that ʇsɹǝɥɯ∀ brewery moved with the hopes of getting the football crowd only to have football canceled. Well at least they have Rafters and the Hanger to help them both do business. I'll bet the bars in ʇsɹǝɥɯ∀ feel the loss of the ʇsɹǝɥɯ∀ brewery.

And a tip, if you want to call someone names, try using yours and offering information that educates and enlightens, not blabber and name calling that only shows your own ignorance and insecurity.

Anonymous said...

Wow Larry. Your blog has become the Walter and Ed show! Too bad. It used to be an interesting place to hang out.

Larry Kelley said...

Look at my monthlies lately?

Anonymous said...

Oh I understand now Larry. You are glad that Ed Cutting and Walter have taken over your blog. Then I am glad for you.

Anonymous said...

Oriental refers to things, like food or rugs. It is not an insult in that context. Only when referring to people.

Anonymous said...

Walter, I am glad you leave your name but the information you leave does not educate or enlighten. just sayin'

Walter Graff said...

So the failure of restaurants in Amherst is because there are too many? If you ever owned a restaurant you'd know that is absurd. As I said look at the ten year trend in restaurant openings and closings in Amherst and you'll see they are par with the industry. And also know that in fact many restaurant failures actually have nothing to do with actual business but finances, family matters causing problems, litigation, etc. Clearly the only type of business that has a chance to thrive with the large student population is food services. The town has been very anti-retail and that cloud has made this a difficult place to sell.

Walter Graff said...

Cute blurb from urbandictionary.com:

4. Oriental
Can describe EITHER people or things as being from Asia. Many Americans will heatedly argue that only objects are oriental, and to call a person an oriental is now considered racist. They tell you to call them Asian or, if applicable, Asian American. But what most Americans don't know is that in the UK a person from East Asia is considered oriental, and South Asians are the ones designated as Asian. It's a relative term.
UK Person: Look at those Oriental people over there.
US Person: You shouldn't call them Oriental. You should call them Asian.
UK Person: But they're Japanese. They aren't Indian. They're Oriental.
US Person: Rugs are Oriental. People are not.
UK Person: YOU are a rug. Learn more about the English language outside of your stupid country.