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There's no pleasing some people

Posted Thursday, March 13, 2008, at 12:55 PM

We just got this comment e-mailed to us from the web site:

Several years ago Shelbyville voted in Liquor by the Drink. It was sold to the public as "The Restaurant Law". We were told Red Lobster, O'Charley's, and just about anything you ever wanted would come to Shelbyville. So.....What happened. I have not heard much from the people that pushed for the "Restaurant Law" lately.

We have Legends, Ruby Tuesday and Chili's, none of which existed before the passage of liquor by the drink. I don't believe anyone promised that every single casual dining restaurant chain would locate in Shelbyville -- my understanding of the case in favor of liquor by the drink was that passage of it would give us more restaurant options, which it has. There were a lot of chains mentioned as examples of what might come; several of them happened to get here first. We'd all like more choices, obviously, and I think we'll probably get more choices in the next few years. But there's no pleasing some people.


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Real Greek food...yummmmm...

Heck,anything ethnic and vegetarian.

(If it's vegan,we won't have the xenophobes worrying about the "furriners" eating Fluffy -unless Fluffy is a cabbage or eggplant.)

Sauerbraten,fastnachtkagels,chana masala,baclavas,poor boys,cassoulets,injeras,shoo-fly pie...

Good taste,variety,wholesomeness and interesting surroundings-if we were offered that,I could get drunk on flavor ,ambience and hospitality alone.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Fri, Mar 14, 2008, at 3:35 PM

I wish there was a place that had a good authentic Gyro...

-- Posted by Evil Monkey on Fri, Mar 14, 2008, at 2:12 PM

I love Fast Jacks :>)

-- Posted by Dianatn on Fri, Mar 14, 2008, at 10:58 AM

If you think about our general area, there are a great many choices. Manchester has O'Charley's and the Coconut Bay Cafe, and don't forget the Cracker Barrel. Tullahoma has Red Lobster, Applebees' and a Tuesday's, plus Fast Jacks for good local dining and a number of fine, smaller places that have food that's just as good. You have your Shelbyville choices and a wide selection down the road in the Boro.

The liquor by the drink passage here, Tullahoma and elsewhere has brought many good establishments to our area. If some folks don't want to be around the serving of spirits, fine, stay home or go to a place that doesn't have it. but the rest of the population shouldn't have to do without or have limited choices due to the moral objections of a few.

-- Posted by Brian Mosely on Fri, Mar 14, 2008, at 9:56 AM

We don't eat out often. I liked having Chick-Fil-A and was sorry to see it go. The chains still can't beat El Mexico in my book. I haven't had Bocelli's in a while, but it's really good and fresh too. Hubby likes Wendy's, but I can't stomach a hamburger from anywhere but home.

Are we too close to M'boro and Tullahoma to get any larger restaurants? Either one is only 20-30 minutes from each direction.

-- Posted by Jacks4me on Fri, Mar 14, 2008, at 9:43 AM

I'd be happy with Fazoli's.

-- Posted by Sharon22 on Thu, Mar 13, 2008, at 11:47 PM

Well to be honest we don't care for Chili's or Legend's either but it's nice to at least have choices. My family and I prefer Ruby Tuesday's. I would like to see a better breakfast joint come in but then again we're close to Midway Diner and they are pretty yummy for breakfast and/or lunch.

-- Posted by DannysGal on Thu, Mar 13, 2008, at 9:43 PM

Ruby Tuesdays is nice but personally I don't care much for Chili's...but a Red Lobster or Olive Garden would be wonderful if you can put a good word in for either one it would be most appreciate.

Although I am not complaining I can drive to the 'boro :>)

-- Posted by Dianatn on Thu, Mar 13, 2008, at 9:15 PM

I am excited about Ruby Tuesday's, Chili's and Legends being in town. It's so nice to be able to come to town to eat a decent meal and not having to drive to M'boro.

Now if we could only get some better shopping centers! Just teasing Mr. Carney I am not one of those unpleased Shelbyvillians :)

-- Posted by DannysGal on Thu, Mar 13, 2008, at 9:06 PM

I think they were under the impression that every restaurant would flock to Shelbyville as soon as the resolution had passed.

-- Posted by Thom on Thu, Mar 13, 2008, at 8:17 PM


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