Monday, February 23, 2009
Paging Ronald McDonald...
I rarely eat fast food, and I certainly don’t want downtown to be completely overrun with fast food joints, but there are a few chains that, surprisingly, have no presence downtown.
Most notable by their absence are:
None of these chains want to make a little money downtown?
It seems strange to me that a major urban business center does not have a McDonald’s. It seems like just about every other city I’ve visited has one downtown, and today’s McDonald’s, with its more upscale look and wider variety of menu options, would be a nice fit for downtown St. Louis. I have a hard time believing that a downtown McDonald’s would not be successful today.
At one point, downtown had THREE McDonald’s – 7th and Olive, St. Louis Centre and the McDonald’s Riverboat – and now there are none.
The St. Louis Centre food court also had an Arby’s and a Chick-Fil-A, both of which seemed to be quite popular. For many years, even while the mall struggled, its food court was always bustling at lunch time. Downtown now has a Lion’s Choice, which cancels out any need for an Arby’s, but Chick-Fil-A might be a good addition.
The more dining options downtown, the better. Especially when we still have empty storefronts.
And of course, I can always dream of a 24-hour downtown Steak ‘n Shake…