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

Published: Monday, July 29, 2013 at 03:04 PM.

“There is also not a lot of (places) for the many young adults and families to hang out on Main Street. Nothing to draw people to go to Main Street at night.”

Past patrons cited prices and irregular businesses hours as reasons they couldn’t eat at the restaurant.

Small business is a challenge everywhere, particularly here in Okaloosa County’s largest city, Boyles said.

“As downtown Crestview grows and changes over time, there will be businesses that come and go,” he said.

After renovating the downtown commercial building, Odom opened the restaurant in 2008 as a Crestview location of Guglielmo's Italian Grill and Pizza restaurants.

However, after two years, he shed the franchise relationship and its expensive fees.

A sense of liberation descended on the casually elegant Main Street restaurant; as he put it, “I came Uncorked.”

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