Saturday, January 10, 2009

Recession & Dining

2009 appears to be an interesting year for dining establishments in Alameda. Economists predict this recession will last longer than previously expected. Currently the recession has lasted for thirteen months and no end date is in site anytime soon. With family budgets tightening, increased foreclosures and Alamedans losing jobs this is definitely a struggling economy for everyone.

Unfortunately for restaurants, this is a wait and see phase to observe which establishments can survive through a recession. Alameda is a small island and losing any dining options would be a travesty for the community. I know certain business owners on Park Street are struggling to pay bills on time.

The new location for Angela's Bistro on Central Avenue, near the new and improved Alameda Cineplex is taking longer than usual to open. The previous location of Marina Village has already closed which is a shame since the new location is not in operation. I hope money is not part of the problem for the grand opening date. Angela's serves great food and unique dishes.

Keep your fingers crossed and hope your favorite Alameda restaurant stays in business. I will continue to monitor the restaurant scene and watch for closures and openings.

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