Austin Retzlaff 
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Re: “Brooklyn Ramen brings the broth

I think Brooklyn Ramen has a good concept and could end up becoming more established. I think adding a little more comfort to the interior decor would go a long way. As is, the menu offerings were not incredible, but they were definitely satisfying and tasty. I believe this business has a unique ability, based on its existing product, location and branding, to appeal both to the typical inexpensive Asian food customer on Monroe Ave, as well as the trendier customer browsing the East End for evening fun and fulfillment. The location has great parking/accessibility for people not living around Park Ave compared to Furoshiki. With the right marketing, menu offerings and slight improvements to the interior design, I think this business could be around for a while.

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Posted by Austin Retzlaff on 01/24/2018 at 4:31 PM

Re: “How will we fill up downtown's retail space?

I think the best use of the floor-level retail would be stores that cater to the day-to-day needs of working professionals, as well as nightlife and cultural attractions. I think people will tend to go to Henrietta to buy things like TVs and furniture, but having electronics stores, office supply stores, bars and lunch spots, and stores that sell things like button-up shirts and briefcases seem promising, as well as some supermarket type options (maybe a better location for a Whole Foods than the Clover Lanes site, less competition in the area and possibly appealing to urban professionals not originally from Rochester and unfamiliar with Wegmans). Also maybe some stores that have their own magnetic field / appeal such as Urban Outfitters, Apple Store, etc. I could see the JCC or some gym or other adult recreational space opening a successful location downtown. I think businesses that cater to the food truck movement in Rochester would be great; this seems like the perfect kind of business to have a mixed retail and professional presence downtown

I think it is unlikely that a lot of people will move to live downtown. People like open space and the more established residential neighborhoods. If they go downtown, it is for a purpose, usually work or going out on the town, and I think the ground level space should cater to that.

I think flex space that can accommodate a wide variety of purposes is a great idea, as well as restaurants, bars and other "fun" places to be. In the summer, it's fun to walk around downtown, especially if something like Party in the Park is going on. It's very walkable and there's an intrigue to the space that "entertaining" businesses could definitely contribute to, and benefit from.

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Posted by Austin Retzlaff on 12/29/2017 at 2:09 PM

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