Update 23 November 2008: Mirrors seems to be struggling as it has resorted to building a beer garden at the rear of the property without council permission or a permit and seemingly without a license to serve alcohol there. In contrast, the space is now St Jude’s Cellar and seems to be doing very well.
I’m curious about the identity of spaces and how people use them. For example, why do some spaces on a street do well while others feature one failed business after another? Why does one space do better or worse than another seemingly similar space? Here are some local examples. Before it was Zombar is was something I’ve forgotten; no one ever went in there, and now it is becoming the Mirrors bar.
Almost directly across the street was Bungalow 8, which has been closed for some time. Before that it was another place whose name I also can’t remember, where the colourful retro decor distracted you from the mediocrity of the food. In descending order: the previous place, the former Bungalow 8 as it is now, and the interior of the new venue taking shape.
What does it take for a business operator to choose a good site? If so many other businesses in these locations have failed, does this mean the next ones will too? To all the urban planners out there, please explain!