A vocal Ed's Diner regular scratches at a problem many people have asked me about, when there was a theater scene in downtown Tacoma: Where's a good place to eat after the theater? My standard one-word answer: home. Read on, from a comment in The You Plate Special:
Wondering if restauranteurs in the downtown area feel as though they were negatively impacted by the closure of TAG. Conversely, do you feel you are positively impacted by arts audiences coming downtown to attend shows? Arts producers/presenters often state that they contribute to a healthy culinary community and I was just wondering if there is any real tangible evidence of that. Are there organizations in particular that seem beneficial? OR is it more of a cumulative effect? Anything the orgs themselves could be doing to make life easier/better for you?
My curiosity on this issue is piqued in that I attended a community discussion last night hosted by the Broadway Center. One of the questions was What keeps you from attending events? After the discussion I realized that one of the things I definitely think about when buying tickets is how I am going to get around eating. Generally, I prefer to eat around 8:00 or so and most Friday/Saturday shows are just getting going then. To make a 7:30 show time, I have to have dinner reservations at 6:00, which I find too early. So, I frequently will have a snack at home and then go directly to the show and then go home and snack again post-show since options are limited at 10:00 pm.
As I thought about it, I started to wonder if arts events actually COMPETE with restaurants, not enjoying the assumed symbiotic relationship.
What do you all think?