BACHI BURGER — a place of which ELV has been less than fond in the past — is soon to open right next door to Rocket Fizz, right between RF and the Regal Village Square Theaters. We have no insider info — they don’t exactly cotton to a critic whose review headline read: “Botching Burgers” — but from the look of things, they’re less than a month away.
The space it will occupy has been home to no less than four failed restaurants in the past 15 years, including a sushi bar, an Italian joint (perhaps even two of them?), a sandwich shop, and another lost to the sands of time.
Most of the time, the space remains vacant — sometimes for years on end — as operators know what ELV has learned: restaurants next to movie theaters are always a bad bet.
It would seem otherwise, of course. By which we mean, what is more natural than dinner and a movie? It seems like a match made in heaven to have a restaurant, even an average one, right next to a multiplex, where movie goers could nosh before or after their flick. But such operations never seem to last…not just at the Village Square, but in dozens of theater complexes we’ve seen over the years.
Is it the restaurant’s fault for not being good enough? Or the theater goers’ for being too bloated on popcorn and skittles to appreciate decent food? Or the movies’ for generally being so lousy they make people lose their appetites? Probably a combination of all three, as well as the fact that many movie buffs don’t have a big budget for eating out, and the ones that do would prefer to take their meals at spots not surrounded by annoying teenagers and the coupon-clipping crowd.
Whatever the cause, Bachi Burger has its work cut out for it. Its menu would seem a good fit for film fans, but our experience tells us, no matter how good the food is, wooing the blockbuster crowd is as tough as finding a laugh in an Adam Sandler movie.