Here is a recurring theme: We are seeing it in Philadelphia: When business drops, it is pitched as a deficiency of the venue, and a demand is made for funds to "upgrade".
There is no doubt, that remedial or restorative work needs to be done on a regular basis, but the monumental funds demanded are absurd.
The average life span of a NYC restaurant is 18 months. (of course a few survive for a long time,but stay with me)....The opening brings in the adventurous diners who want to try the new kid on the block. Its success depends on word of mouth to intrigue others, or the initial bubble of business deflates.
Or...in any business, every time a new competitor or a new technology comes online, attention is drawn from what was: the new kid last week.
I promise we will hear this same "cry" here in Lancaster within five years: That the venue needs an upgrade to be competitive.
On another note: Have you noticed the canopy structure extending from the Queen St. Entrance? It is not drawn as far out in the architect's sketch. It extends well beyond the facade of the Montgomery House, and that extension is truly ugly.. It cuts across and detracts from both.