In the weekly feature called "e-views," we invite readers to answer a question via email.
Last week's question:
After 22 years as a waterside restaurant and with several operators, Humphrey's on the Delta in Antioch has closed. What type of restaurant or business do you want to see locate there?
TOUGH ECONOMIC TIMES is the driver. Perhaps a bargain or family-style restaurant to attract customers on a budget. Myself, I would like seafood and Cajun-style cooking. Until the economy and job market improves, fancy, upscale restaurants will all have a tough time of it. However, folks still want to eat out. If they can do it affordability, they will come.
IT IS HARD to survive downtown because it is so rundown. It would be nice to see Black Angus Steakhouse or Texas Road House. Maybe then we may see some investors who are willing to put some money into the downtown. I moved here 20 years ago and they said they were going to fix downtown -- the town of Antioch is still waiting and waiting.
I AM REALLY sorry to see that Humphrey's had to close. Clearly a victim of the recession (modern depression).
My oldest daughter's party was held there after her Communion, as well as many other family outings. What I would like to see there is a reincarnation of The Virage French restaurant. But then you would have to move the whole restaurant to Walnut Creek, as that is the only place it could survive. In light of what our elected officials have done to Antioch, the best use of the building would probably be a soup kitchen and homeless shelter. It has all the faculties already to go and is conveniently located.
PERSONALLY, I'VE ALWAYS liked one of their competitors, Riverview Lodge Restaurant, also located adjacent to the river next to the Amtrak station. However, it's still disappointing to see any restaurant go out of business in a setting like that. I've been to the Humphrey's Sunday brunch, and it was always good, as well as attended occasional social functions there. Hopefully, it can still be reopened with another restaurant operation benefiting Antioch's beautiful river front area.
I SUGGEST a Starbuck's, Indian casnio or McDonalds!
HUMPHREY'S SHOULD BE turned into a 40-table card room with a dining room and bar. There is enough parking available with the boat ramp.
Customers can arrive by train, bus or boat. If the place is very successful, security can be in house, as it seems to be in Pleasanton, Pacheco and Richmond. Let's find out where the money is. The city is making nothing on the place as a restaurant. A good card room could be the goose that lays the golden egg.
LIVING IN DOWNTOWN Antioch I have been disheartened to see so many businesses closing the last few years.
The closing of Humphrey's was sad, but with the new boat ramp and marina next to this site, it makes sense to put in a restaurant that focuses on the vicinity to the river. How about a "Joe's Crab Shack?" This restaurant would once again put a focus on downtown and bring a much needed venue to our Rivertown area. Besides, we could use a fun, well-known restaurant that would bring life and patrons to our historical core.
IF A NEW restaurant comes into the Humphrey's location, I would love to see a really good vegetarian establishment. Not just another run-of-the-mill place with salad or plain pasta for those of us who do not eat meat, but a restaurant with the delicious and satisfying dishes that are possible without meat -- or a ton of cheese. With people becoming more conscious of their health and what is on our plates, there must be a chef and management out there who can run a stellar alternative restaurant -- even "all the way out here" so far from Berkeley or San Francisco.
Since I will probably not get that wish met, I would like to see a good quality, Spaghetti Factory-type restaurant -- again with meat-free options that would appeal to families. Many of our current Italian-themed eateries are pricing themselves out of the reach of families, so a more moderately priced restaurant would be nice. Honestly, how much does pasta cost?
This week's question:
If you could have one wish granted for your city in 2013 what would it be?
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