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Aug 8, 2006 05:30 PM

Another One Bites The Dust at Sandy and 37th

I just saw the For Lease sign in the window of the relatively new Mexican restaurant at Sandy and 37th. What is that, three different establishments in the past three years? I'd like to hear some ideas as to what can of joint can survive at this location with its limited parking and poor pedestrian access.

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  1. It's a bad location. Normally too busy a corner, I think, with really bad traffic there. And it's not obvious that it has parking, though I think it does. But now, the construction going on there can't be good for anybody. Good luck filling that lease whoever owns it. There is so much construction going on in town right now being draaaaaaaged out. Maybe they could pool their resources and quickly get one project done and then move on. Wouldn't that be nice?

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    1. re: extramsg

      I live near there also, and avoid Sandy Blvd. like the plague now. I take every possible side street because the traffic caused by the construction is ridiculous. I can't imagine how those businesses are surviving. That spot is the worst because of lack of parking, and you pass it before you know it with no place to turn around. The liquor store next door has done very well over the years though. I guess it doesn't need as much parking...

    2. We had actually looked at that location for our office about a year ago, but the owner insisted on leasing it to a restaurant because that's what had been there before. The parking is across the street in the Banfield Motel lot, which would have worked ok for us, but I think now the owner might consider another type of business. It is high visibility, but that's just not enough without parking or access (and yes, add the construction for a nightmare indeed!).

      1. I love the logic of insisting on renting to the same type of business that has failed numerous times before. Can't argue with (lack of) success! Rinse, repeat...

        I live very near there, and have never seen anything last. Before it was a string of short-lived restaurants it was a series of other things, such as junque shops, fix-it shops, etc.

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        1. re: Leonardo

          Could part of the curse be that no one has replaced the etched "Brandys" glass from when it was a strip club?

          1. re: Leonardo

            We've lived a few blocks away for 9 years now, and the longest-lived thing in that time was Galway's Irish pub, or maybe Blackbird. Here's my recollection of what's been there:

            Galway's (Irish pub)
            Duck and Whistle? (another Irish pub)
            Rudy Tutti's (blues/rockabilly club)
            Brandy's (strip club -- I refused to check it out until they fixed the cracked corner window that was patched with duct tape, which they never did, so I never went)
            Blackbird (alt-rock club with vegetarian food)
            Uncle Butchy's Low Carb Cafe (doomed from the start)
            Rafael's Comida Mexicana (not interesting enough to draw me away from Cha Cha Cha)

            Blackbird did seem to draw quite a crowd, not sure why it closed. None of the tenants have ever bothered trying to do much with the interior decor -- the place does have an odd three-level triangular floorplan -- presumably because they were operating on a shoestring to begin with and the rent there is cheap.

            The Hollywood area really lacks a good breakfast spot, and it's my perception that breakfast places tend to draw from nearby residents. Maybe that would be the best bet... after the Sandy sewer project is done... and if they get the Brandy's un-etched from the window...

            1. re: jeff_pdx

              There was a Vietnamese place in there briefly too. Just after Champagne Claudias I think.

              BTW once the Sewer Project gets done there are a couple of road projects that will follow. Hollywood and the rest of Sandy from 16th to 57th are going to be a mess for another year.

              1. re: jeff_pdx

                Jeff, the building housed Hollywood Garden Center forever, then your list plus 2 restaurants at once before Blackbird, an American type grill on the lower level, & bento on the upper level. Regarding your comment about breakfast, please see the reply I just made to Jen & Scott regarding Hollywood Burger Bar.

            2. Perhaps breakfast would be its last hope.

              Before your list: Champagne Claudia's, one of our first wine bars. Friendly, unpretentious, I liked it.

              1. Violet's Cafe, at Sandy and Sacramento, is a good breakfast spot. Or is that too far up Sandy to still be considered Hollywood?

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                1. re: rockbroker

                  I ventured into the J Spot for breakfast and, although hard to find, is fantastic. I had their Chicken Salad Sandwich, a steal at $5, considering I had to take half home with me. They bake all their own bread and pastries. They also have breakfast all day - Scrambles with smoked salmon and one that had chicken and cream cheese - YUMMY! Cozy spot.