What is going on here? Another storefront closing on Main Street? Goodbye, Dick's Dock--13 years and several awards later, fresh seafood isn't enough to keep you alive in downtown Metuchen. Joining WOW and WILD RICE, DICK'S DOCK leaves yet another reminder of how dire the economy is these days. That's the reason they're closing, right, the economy?
There are plenty of great restaurants in town but the loss of any of them is a sad situation. With families budgeted tighter and tighter, dining out is one of the old pleasures we can't afford to do as often as we'd like. And with the proximity of Main Street to malls and chain restaurants on Route 1, is there too much competition for family-run real restaurants?But the District is still going to be built (someday!) and the Sportsplex is being built and the council has approved the building of an apartment complex on the old Dodge dealership lot. So somebody out there believes that more people are going to move and work out in Metuchen. Who is going to feed all these extra people?
Metuchen Matters wants to know--who is the culprit? Who is running the restaurants out of downtown Metuchen? Do events like Junebug and Cruise Nights help bring in enough customers or should the Chamber be working on new ways to help promote the businesses in town that are hanging by a thread (those we don't know about yet)?