From this story
on public markets:
1. "The average office worker on a cold winter's day, they'll call a State Street restaurant and get delivery." Really? Delivery? Certainly on the coldest of winter's days, "average office worker" might not walk five blocks to a public market, but I'm not sure many are calling in for delivery. One of the perks of working downtown is the food and a lot of people go out for lunch down here, even in the winter.
2. "We're hoping in part this will inspire someone to go into one of those abandoned buildings in Meadowood and put in a sit down restaurant." There are no "abandoned buildings" in Meadowood. There are a couple of empty storefronts, one of which used to be sort of a restaurant, in a shopping mall (much like there are at Hilldale) in the Meadowood Shopping Center. Maybe this is splitting hairs, but I'm not sure the term "abandoned" is well used here. Unlike truly abandoned buildings, like you see in Milwaukee and Detroit, the empty storefronts in Meadowood are located between storefronts that host very active local businesses, a library and a community center. The storefronts are for rent. I don't think it would take much for a restaurant to move in. Maybe a subsidy or break on licensing or something. It's a risk, but not nearly the same level of risk that taking over a truly abandoned property would be.