Main Street, Restaurants and the Big Mo

by Jan Cottingham  on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 12:00 am  

He hopes to open Samantha’s by the end of this year or the first of next. “I’ll have a better idea in six or seven weeks, once we really get going.”

The success of restaurants along Main Street — from the Southern cuisine of South on Main, now a year old, to the community-mindedness of the Root Café to Bruno’s — and the promise of more development — the planned Technology Park and “creative corridor” — have made the Tanners’ dreams feasible. “It’s huge,” Tanner says of the redevelopment’s importance to the couple’s business plan.

And such success and promise have meant jobs. Samantha’s, for example, will employ at least 40 full- and part-time workers.

Joe Fox, owner of the now venerable Community Bakery, has seen businesses on Main come and go and he’s measured in his assessment, but even he thinks a “critical mass” may have been reached. “As you well know, the momentum has picked up.”



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