“We will miss you! Thank you for your support. Eric Engstrom and the Dos Banditos staff.”
So there’s your confirmation from the owner that Dos Banditos has closed; not rumor or gossip. All you need to do is go there and see the sign on the door — not a big effort.
Add that to the list of vacant spaces throughout town, including Stonehouse across the street. (Isn’t there a sign ordinance against such huge “for lease” signs?)
So what does Nevada City do: Hold its “same old” annual Mardi Gras celebration this weekend — a good excuse to fill the bars during the lull in the tourist season. Trouble is, without Dos Banditos and Stonehouse, there are a lot fewer bars to drink at.
Now’s the time to recreate Nevada City: Instead of catering to tourists, cater more to year-round locals.
Let’s hope the California Organics deal at the foot of Broad Street gets sealed, a story I first reported at The Union.
Let’s also hope the deal to open a year-round Farmer’s Market and fresh fish market on Spring St. across from Taylor-Drake furniture gets completed, as I blogged earlier.
I like the Beach Hut Deli sandwich shop (despite being a “franchise”) at the foot of Broad. Good soup, too.
As for the other vacant space downtown, a clay and art studio for children would be cool. It would draw families to the downtown and is a hit in quaint towns such as San Anselmo in Marin.
Also we need some more unique retail shops, not the same “trinket” stores people see in all the California tourist towns. I could name a few with “made in China” stuff.
Instead, what about an old-fashioned toy store or an exotic stationary store? Or what about a dance studio, bakery or cooking school?
In addition, “food and wine” would be a better draw to me than intoxicated people going to a Mardi Gras. (I heard a lot of chamber talk about eliminating this, but I guess it was just that — talk).
Stonehouse would be a great destination restaurant (think Yountville) if you could get a first-class restaurateur interested. Or turn it into a place you could rent and sell bikes, kayaks, skis and other outdoors equipment, with a cool cafe too (think Tahoe).
The chamber and its leaders should be making a bigger effort to “get out of the box” and re-create the town. It’s time to think big when it comes to town’s future, not just rehash the same old annual shindigs.
Otherwise, to coin a Western phrase, “It’s all hat and no cattle.”