How can we attract better cuisine, and to have businesses that stay open later? It seems like our town sleeps after 9 p.m.
We’ve lost a lot of nice restaurants over the years. It would be nice to attract a wider variety of restaurants.
Restaurants open a little longer, after 9 p.m. sometimes. The sidewalks roll up too early downtown.
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We have seen some great responses to Battle Creek Unlimited’s requests for proposals of various businesses – New Holland Brewing and Handmap Brewing, for example. There are a lot of foodies in our community, and we need them to be more vocal – we need people in the community to visit the businesses we have. The more we do that, the more the community will grow. With New Holland for example, the industry is watching for a high number of visitors. If they can do that, other businesses will follow.
Downtown is a crown jewel, where everyone can feel welcome, and it is also about critical mass. With more residential units in progress, those neighbors will expect businesses to be open at night. All of that together will ultimately create the vitality people are seeking.