Thank you all SO MUCH everyone for the amazing comments/feedback. While putting together business plans the thing I’m torn between is whether we go with a restaurant or a sandwich shop with a specialty foods element. Though we initially wanted the restaurant concept, we’ve been toying with the sandwich shop idea a bit and I’m not sure which would fit the area better.
I think the most important things to me is being able to give the community what it’s really looking for, and perhaps a more casual (but trendy) environment is it – regardless of the concept we go with, it will still be all house-made items, local ingredients (the sandwich shop/foods area would stock locally-produced food items) but in a trendier atmosphere than the average mom and pop place.
The main take away I’m getting is: local items/ingredients, affordability, and good ambiance. So I guess my final question is: what excites you more: a sit-down modern Italian place, or a )also sit-down) sandwich shop with a specialty foods pantry area? Think Roberta’s for the Italian, and a place local to me, Putnam Market in Saratoga, for the sandwich idea.