When Olde Towne Tavern and Grille closed abruptly on December 20, it only added to the restaurant-type retail vacancies in Suwanee Town Center.
And already, it has posted a "for lease" notice on the front door of Olde Towne, the same front entrance that contains a bankruptcy court notice.
Town Center, of course, is a live-work-play development that includes City Hall and Town Center Park. Although City Hall and the park belong to taxpayers, the surrounding business and residential lofts are controlled by private developers.
There are two factors at work in filling such suites.
The restaurant scene in Suwanee in general is improving. In 2012, such casual dining eateries as Tilted Kilt, Gulf Coast Grill, Suwanee Pizza Tavern and Hammerhead's have opened in various areas of Suwanee.
However, in general, retail commercial space is struggling in the city. The most recent figures from Suwanee officials show the vacancy rate at 18 percent, well above the metro Atlanta average.
-- So now we ask, is there a market for two more restaurants in Town Center? Would you like to see Olde Towne revived, or another type of restaurant in the city's signature development? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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