27 South Pleasant Street
Two new restaurants will grace Amherst center next month, although both of them will do business in a space previously occupied by dining establishments.
Yes Metacomet Cafe, the restaurant with that cool retro sign that went up 1.5 years ago is, finally, going to open in the former home to Chez Albert before they moved to the north end of town.
Brothers Spencer and Trevor Hopton appeared before the Amherst Select Board back in July for a required Common Victualler License, saying they would be open by September.
Better late than never.
28 Amity Street
On Monday night the Amherst Select Board unanimously approved a new all alcohol liquor license for the business, located adjacent to the Amherst Cinema.
Jonathan Welch (left) Tom Schnapp appear before Amherst Select Board
Small business start ups, even in the best of years, fight an uphill battle. About 1/4 fail in the initial year of opening and by 5th year about half have failed.
The key of course is having a good product, providing good service, and -- for a business requiring foot traffic -- a good location. And they don't come any better than downtown Amherst.