Downtown Suffolk won’t go hungry

Published 12:00 am Monday, July 22, 2002

It’s never without a touch of sadness that we report the closing of another downtown business, particularly ones that would serve orders of french fries big enough to choke a horse.

Such is the case today with the story about the Downtowner II closing its doors after about two years in business.

Perhaps because it was the only place to go, in that brief span the Downtowner II became a hangout of sorts, attracting downtown business people, city officials and others who were in a hurry and needed a place within walking distance to get a quick bite. It was ideal for an impromptu business lunch.

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There are many cynical types who will roll their eyes and say, &uot;There goes another downtown business,&uot; or &uot;There’s more evidence that downtown is dying.&uot;

We beg to differ. There are any number of reasons why businesses fail. Running a small business is a risky venture, and when that business is a restaurant, statistics show that the odds against success are even greater. Downtown Suffolk is an attractive market, with its mix of professional people and government employees, as well as the long-time residents. The customer base is in place

Small businesses are the backbone of any community – they contribute to the United Ways, the Cheer Funds, the Little Leagues and any time one fails, it hurts us all a little.

Nonetheless, we’re confident that the demand for a Downtowner II-type restaurant in that location and we doubt it will be long until courageous, savvy entrepreneur opens the Downtowner III.