Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Lebo: Goodbye, Market Place, Hello Cupcakes?

The Market Place on Washington Road, across the street from Aldo Coffee, is gone. That makes at least three failed lunch-oriented food stores in a row in that same location.

That makes me think: Maybe the next store should try something different. If you were going to take the plunge and plunk your life savings (and some of the bank's money) into a new store on Washington Road, what would you sell? Not just "what does Washington Road need," but what do you think would make a viable business?

My bet: A cupcake bar. Because Mt. Lebanon is the South Hills home of The Cupcake Class.
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5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

A Thai Restaurant

December 14, 2006 10:29 AM  
Blogger Matt C. Wilson said...

I would agree with anonymous, except for the fact that THE BEST Thai place around closed down a couple months ago after being open barely a year. It was just up past Cain's, tucked inconspicuously along West Liberty. Guess nobody knew it was even there.

Thai Palace Restaurant
3233 W Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA zip code
Phone: (412) 531-5250

They had this Pineapple Chicken Curry that would knock your socks off.

December 14, 2006 10:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A Vegetarian Gluten Free Restuarant/ Market / Bookstore/ Coffee Shop
or just
-A Bookstore.

December 14, 2006 6:54 PM  
Anonymous rich said...

I'd suggest there aren't enough vegetarian gluten-free people around Mt. Lebo for that business to be profitable. We've offered vegan to no avail (although the soups seem to work better than salads). The market just isn't developed here for someone to focus on it.

Personally, we'd still love to see a greengrocer, but it's doubtful the rent makes that possible.

Unfortunately, I think we're looking at a chain down the road... but if that happens, how about Cold Stone Creamery?

December 16, 2006 8:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any chance that it will become another store instead of something food oriented? That would be a step closer to boosting the "destination" shopping agenda. I think you'd have to be very confident or a little nuts to go in there with another restaurant.

December 19, 2006 12:41 PM  

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