Lack of evening downtown crowd led to Crestview bistro’s demise

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A "for sale" sign hangs on the patio fence at Christopher's Uncorked Bistro, a Main Street restaurant that closed in June.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Monday, July 29, 2013 at 03:04 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Main Street attorney Nathan Boyles is lamenting the loss of a downtown eatery that was next door to his office.

After more than five years, Christopher's Uncorked Bistro has shuttered its doors. A "for sale" sign is posted in front of the building.

Owner Chris Odom has said the restaurant struggled to stay open with insufficient dinner business during the recent recession.

Attempts to contact Odom were unsuccessful, but neighboring businesses indicated the restaurant succumbed to downtown's reduced evening traffic.

"He just couldn't make it," Viola Owens, manager of Hart Printing, said. "In a business like that you need traffic after 5 p.m., and there just isn't any downtown traffic most evenings."

Joe Ballreich agreed with that sentiment on our Facebook page.

“Our downtown needs a huge upgrade ... It’s not a cool and hip place to go,” he said. “Most of the businesses close up shop early before people get off from work.

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