Take for example the former Taste of Tango restaurant. As far as know, it was a fine restaurant. But I never dined there. Why? I walked by the place several dozen times. But I could never see inside. I could never determine what kind of restaurant it was. You first eat with your eyes. And Taste of Tango looked bland. Hidden. Unappetizing.
Now look at Hue Dine. It isnâ€™t open. Or even finished. But walking by, it caught my attention. Itâ€™s like seeing a steak in the meat counter: itâ€™s not cooked; itâ€™s not close to being finished; but you can tell that the potential is there for something delicious. All because you could see it.
Thatâ€™s what it means to have street presence. By opening up the street front, they have captured my interest.
And my interest caught the interest of Jeff Hunt, consultant and business manager for Hue Dine (he will also be living in an apartment above the restaurant). He invited me in, not knowing anything about me other than I had stopped to see what was going on. Inside, they are opening the space up even more. Kitchen and dining will go on the first floor; a lounge will occupy the second floor. There will be a rotation of artist displays on the walls and organic foods on the plate.
Will it be a success? Who knows. But I know they have my attention. And that opening their storefront, they have a great opportunity to capture the attention of others. Best of luck to Mick Redd (owner), Jeff, and everybody of Hue.