A few months ago, I wrote a feature story about Chicken and Waffles, a new restaurant that occupied the same hiding place on Main Street that had previously housed other restaurants to no success.
Despite the odds being against them, I thought the business may succeed for three reasons: one, they had a nice, catchy sign that drivers could easily see from the road; two, it was something different -- the restaurant offered variety to our town; and three, Main Street is expanding tremendously. So, I thought, even though many business have failed at that location, perhaps this one will make it. The owners were really nice, too, so on a personal note I really hoped it would do well.
Chicken and Waffles receieved an "A" for effort in my grade book.
Around the same time they closed, Chick-Fila opened. This will be a smashing success, I just knew. It's a southern chain and we all know how much Shelbyville folks love their fast food. On that note, I have to say I was stunned when I first moved here by the number of fast food restaurants there were. It seemed like an awful lot for the size of the town.
Back to Chick-Fila, I even sampled a Chick-Fila chicken sandwich on the day of their open house and thought it tasted good -- for fast food.
I was very surprised to hear Chick-Fila closed. I get so frustrated when restaurants fail in Shelbyville. We say we want more options, more variety, more restaurants.
But apparantly we're not ready.