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Reply #1 on: March 07, 2017, 11:37:29 am
Olive Garden, Applebee's, Wendy's.
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Reply #2 on: March 07, 2017, 12:01:21 pm
Surrounded by 4 lane (will surely go to six lanes soon) roads. /TheEnd.


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Reply #3 on: March 07, 2017, 12:11:31 pm
so very true.. the options are awful for the most part.


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Reply #4 on: March 07, 2017, 12:17:14 pm
Olive Garden, Applebee's, Wendy's.


I think this s the definition of mediocre. 
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Reply #5 on: March 07, 2017, 01:04:48 pm
clt likes sbarro.


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Reply #6 on: March 07, 2017, 01:43:37 pm
UCity eating options are pretty much the same thing they have in Greenville, NC. Never got in the way of ECU fans supporting their football program.


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Reply #7 on: March 07, 2017, 02:13:14 pm
Olive Garden, Applebee's, Wendy's.

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Reply #8 on: March 07, 2017, 03:31:01 pm
UCity eating options are pretty much the same thing they have in Greenville, NC. Never got in the way of ECU fans supporting their football program.
lots of locally owned restaurants and college bars walking distance from campus in a very college town setting. Not even close to comparable to what we have.

If you want to say Greenville has Mexican food and casual dining options just like ucity, you're technically not wrong, but that's not what anyone is arguing against.


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Reply #9 on: March 07, 2017, 03:49:28 pm
U City has essentially been designed to be very car dependent/chain restaurant/etc.

Wait until the light rail is complete. I think this will change, but it will take time.


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Reply #10 on: March 07, 2017, 03:55:38 pm
My impression is that U City isn't very welcoming of new non-chain restaurants.  I look at Rebecca's and the former 360 Bistro (now replaced by an Indian restaurant, I think).  Both locations either went out of business or they struggle, but Chili's and Cheddar's on either side of them do just fine in the same location.  They recently opened Moe's, Southwest Grille, Noodles and Company, they're an instant hit.


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Reply #11 on: March 07, 2017, 03:58:08 pm
L62 at The Thai House makes me happy.


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Reply #12 on: March 07, 2017, 04:02:46 pm
One word: Light-rail.  U-City is going to be completely different in a year (retail landscape wise).  There is already a major construction boom occurring as we speak near campus and along the light-rail all the way down Tryon.  Once the U-City vision plan unfolds and creates that walkable/strolling downtown on Tryon and the major overhaul of the Boardwalks area…we will see more specialty/unique restaurants and college bars.

As for the present, the U-City restaurant scene is not as bad as that author made it seem.  But agree, that it’s mainly been mostly popular chains…but there are a few exceptions in the university but most restaurants here wouldn’t warrant a 30-minute trip from South Charlotte.  I am optimistic that this will change in the very near future.



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Reply #13 on: March 07, 2017, 04:05:09 pm
driving dependence doesn't help
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Reply #14 on: March 07, 2017, 04:09:45 pm
driving dependence doesn't help

If it were up to me freshmen would not be able to have cars on campus. Maybe not even sophomores.


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Reply #15 on: March 07, 2017, 04:30:42 pm
UCity eating options are pretty much the same thing they have in Greenville, NC. Never got in the way of ECU fans supporting their football program.
lots of locally owned restaurants and college bars walking distance from campus in a very college town setting. Not even close to comparable to what we have.

If you want to say Greenville has Mexican food and casual dining options just like ucity, you're technically not wrong, but that's not what anyone is arguing against.


Been to Greenville many times as my MIL lives in Washington. I have yet to see these numerous local bars and restaurants you speak of that aren't part of chains. With someone with more than a few ECU grads in my family I can say that the only differences between Greenville and anywhere else with a college is that the chains DO strongly support ECU, especially when compared to their UCity counterparts.




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Reply #18 on: March 07, 2017, 05:58:27 pm
UCity eating options are pretty much the same thing they have in Greenville, NC. Never got in the way of ECU fans supporting their football program.
lots of locally owned restaurants and college bars walking distance from campus in a very college town setting. Not even close to comparable to what we have.

If you want to say Greenville has Mexican food and casual dining options just like ucity, you're technically not wrong, but that's not what anyone is arguing against.


Been to Greenville many times as my MIL lives in Washington. I have yet to see these numerous local bars and restaurants you speak of that aren't part of chains. With someone with more than a few ECU grads in my family I can say that the only differences between Greenville and anywhere else with a college is that the chains DO strongly support ECU, especially when compared to their UCity counterparts.
http://uptowngreenville.com/eat/

Mostly non chain places, though there are some local restaurants there with more than one location, but that'd be like calling Angry Ales a chain because they have a Montford and a Ucity location.


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Reply #19 on: March 07, 2017, 06:48:14 pm
Almost everything in UCity has been built since the 1970's. There aren't a lot of cheap rent locations that would be conducive for someone to take a gamble and open a local restaurant other than shuttered chain restaurants or big box stores. Plus, college students are generally poor and aren't going to spend big bucks dining out. If UCity had existed prior to the automobile I believe you'd have more real estate options for restaurants like you see in NoDa or Plaza Midwood.


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Reply #20 on: March 07, 2017, 07:02:46 pm
Almost everything in UCity has been built since the 1970's. There aren't a lot of cheap rent locations that would be conducive for someone to take a gamble and open a local restaurant other than shuttered chain restaurants or big box stores. Plus, college students are generally poor and aren't going to spend big bucks dining out. If UCity had existed prior to the automobile I believe you'd have more real estate options for restaurants like you see in NoDa or Plaza Midwood.
rent in ucity is cheaper than basically anywhere in the city that isn't slummy.

There are a lot of people in ucity that make decent to good money.

I don't think it is demographics as much as it is ambiance. Ucity is poorly developed and frankly quite ugly. Most of your restauranteurs are creative types and the dullness of ucity simply doesn't fit the hip or edgy themes most restauranteurs are going for.

Even in the hipper areas of town, you aren't seeing the best restaurants opening in shopping centers with grocery stores or drug stores. That's basically all UCity is composed of.

With the Kohl's going out of business in UCitt, I'm hoping that shopping center will be torn down and something more street friendly built. That and the redevelopment of the shoppes at university place could do a lot to change the feel of the campus area.


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Reply #21 on: March 07, 2017, 07:13:26 pm
Almost everything in UCity has been built since the 1970's. There aren't a lot of cheap rent locations that would be conducive for someone to take a gamble and open a local restaurant other than shuttered chain restaurants or big box stores. Plus, college students are generally poor and aren't going to spend big bucks dining out. If UCity had existed prior to the automobile I believe you'd have more real estate options for restaurants like you see in NoDa or Plaza Midwood.
rent in ucity is cheaper than basically anywhere in the city that isn't slummy.

There are a lot of people in ucity that make decent to good money.

I don't think it is demographics as much as it is ambiance. Ucity is poorly developed and frankly quite ugly. Most of your restauranteurs are creative types and the dullness of ucity simply doesn't fit the hip or edgy themes most restauranteurs are going for.

Even in the hipper areas of town, you aren't seeing the best restaurants opening in shopping centers with grocery stores or drug stores. That's basically all UCity is composed of.

With the Kohl's going out of business in UCitt, I'm hoping that shopping center will be torn down and something more street friendly built. That and the redevelopment of the shoppes at university place could do a lot to change the feel of the campus area.

Is it hard to turn an old Jack n' the Box or Outback Steakhouse into a "trendy" place people want to frequent. Maybe a developer will build a place with more walkability but new developments come with higher rent.


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Reply #22 on: March 07, 2017, 07:41:29 pm
If they get the redevelopment across 29 to be something close to what is envisioned that will help immensely. 
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Reply #23 on: March 07, 2017, 08:06:39 pm
If they get the redevelopment across 29 to be something close to what is envisioned that will help immensely.
Yeah, it's encouraging the major landowners in the area seem to be acting in unison to transform the area into something walkable and college-friendly.  I wonder how many of those people with piles of money that have a built-in interest in U City the Foundation has on speed dial...   ;)


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Reply #24 on: March 08, 2017, 06:19:20 am
clt says the perceived safety issue is also a factor.


When a shooting happens on sugaw creek, the local main stream media calls it university.


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