Not so fast folks. The chains are still coming! Why wouldn't they? Coney is hot!
Brooklyn Paper excerpt -
Thor Equities owner Joe Sitt says he will lease three of the four
retail spaces in his building opposite the train station to
mom-and-pops, promising unique shopping opportunities days after big
name chains Johnny Rockets, Applebee’s, and Red Mango rented spaces
owned by a different landlord just steps away.
Sitt says the fourth space in his building on Surf Avenue between
Stillwell Avenue and W. 12th Street will go to an undisclosed national
tenant, but he says it’s crucial to offer space to independent business
And thank goodness for that. Chains are not fly by night operations. They come to an area and stay. Finally Coney has it's shot at year round! Thank you Applebees, Johnny Rockets, Red Mango, and Toms and Grimaldi's too! All of these businesses have proven their year round success elsewhere. And now they believe in Coney! Chains mean year round jobs and economic growth for the neighborhood.
Here is to hoping for a Coney Outback Steakhouse or Red Lobster one day......Go Coney Year Round!