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Visions for Vacancies: 8 Main Street, Redding

The spot formerly occupied by the Georgetown Saloon has been vacant since March 2012.

In "Visions for Vacancies," Patch is asking community members—residents, village merchants and visitors—what they'd like to see in the space. Tell us in the comments!

What kind of restaurant would you like to see open in the space formerly occupied by the Georgetown Saloon, a staple of Redding's Main Street for more than 30 years?

Since March 2012, the space at 8 Main Street has remained unoccupied. What kind of restaurant is lacking in Georgetown? Would another type of establishment be more welcomed?

Henry Cavillones January 17, 2013 at 02:49 PM
Would love to see a similar biz; restaurant, music venue, family-oriented pub.
Grizzled Vet January 18, 2013 at 04:05 PM
I would really like to see a hip cafe where friends and family could gather in the warmth of each other's presence and listen to soft tunes like DMB while talking over a warm latte and biscotti. A place where budding jouralists, bloggers, entrepreneurs alike could type away on their laptops and tablets, informing the community about the buzz of the day. A place where twenty-somethings could compare and contrast their different colored winter gloves and hand-knit, slightly crooked scarves. Oh wait, I just described Starbucks.
Jaimie Cura (Editor) January 18, 2013 at 04:27 PM
Ha, too funny Grizzled Vet! I think you may also have just described me and half the people I talk too in the coffee shops - only most of them aren't in their 20s! Henry, I like your suggestion too - I admit, I am quite the fan of small pubs, coffee shops, bookstores. This Main Street spot looks like it has a lot of potential.
Allyson Monson January 18, 2013 at 05:03 PM
I would love to see a lounge type coffee house, restaurant and bar. One that you can go to for coffee and breakfast, have a nice lunch, and dinner with your family. A sophisticated menu but kid friendly at the same time. The element of live music is still important as well. It needs to be current with flair! Kind of what like Grizzled Vet said but taking it that much further!
Grizzled Vet January 18, 2013 at 05:04 PM
Yes, in all seriousness, I would love to see this spot be a hub of local activity and gatherings. And please for the love of pete, let it be locally owned and not a chain. This establishment hasn't even opened yet, but I propose happy hour and trivia night!
Mrsfurious January 18, 2013 at 06:37 PM
The instant success of the Little Pub leads me to think that something with a little flair and yet still casual would be very popular around here. I'm not interested in white tablecloth type places--I'd like someplace to take a date or take the kids. Delicious and affordable wouldn't hurt either. I love French bistro-type places--the food is homey (steak frites!) but a step up from being too casual. Bon Appetit in Wilton Center is a great example.
Jaimie Cura (Editor) January 19, 2013 at 07:38 AM
Trivia would be so great!
Susanne Krivit January 19, 2013 at 12:52 PM
Panificio Navona in Bethel needs a better location (an industrial park is less than ideal) and it is just like the place Grizzled Vet described.
Del Dridle January 19, 2013 at 03:24 PM
No smart business person in their right mind would open a rest/bar in this space. The entire building is unsafe. Ten years ago it was rotting from inside out. It hasn't magically improved since then. It's a tear down folks.
Barbara Zionce January 20, 2013 at 06:03 PM
OMG- where are we?? "Portlandia"?? Nothing like another place where freelance 'bloggers" take up table space with their laptops and nurse a latte for 12 hours! Starbucks may be profitable but this doesn't sound like a good small business plan. Plus why not something fun?!! I'd rather see a place full of local characters, foot-stomping music and- OK I'll go along with trendy "Gastropub" food.
Jaimie Cura (Editor) January 22, 2013 at 02:45 PM
I do like the foot-stomping music!

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