What kind of restaurant does Newtown need?


Posted: Aug 03, 2021 07:45 AM

One of the most popular Newtown Bee Facebook posts of weekly questions were recently created.

Questions are usually posted on our Facebook page on Wednesday afternoons. Responses are often collected and turned into a story for a future issue of The Newtown Bee.

We had no idea how popular this July 14 issue was. In one week, over 300 responses were recorded after we asked: what kind of restaurant does Newtown need?

With many pizzerias covering this population, it was no surprise that adding another wasn’t among the best suggestions. One reader even replied, in all capitals, “NO MORE PIZZA!”

However, most of the other types of cuisine were noted.

Foods readers would like to see better represented, including Mexican, “a good place in Thai cuisine”, Peruvian, Middle Eastern, Indian, Vietnamese, Ethiopian, French, Irish, German, Korean, Japanese, Spanish, Latin, Caribbean / South American and Moroccan.

General suggestions included places for fish and chips, “a hash salad place where you can make your own by adding toppings,” noodle bars, a barbecue, a soup shop, and even a steakhouse.

In addition to ethnicities and specific items, readers also responded by suggesting that the menus offer selections based on dietary needs. Wendy Leon-Gambetta suggested more vegan options at existing restaurants. Kitty Cody Pilloise said she “would love to see an all-natural organic / non-GMO deli type place with gluten-free options and vegetarian / vegan options.”

Chick Fil-A, Wendy’s, Ruby Tuesdays, and Hooters were each mentioned, as were Shake Shack, Chopt Salad Co, and Mecha Noodles.

Readers lamented the loss of the Fireside Inn and, more recently, Panera and Botsford Drive-In.

At least one person thinks there are already enough restaurants in town.

“There are already a lot. And many options in the surrounding towns, ”suggested Lexi Samuels. Noting “too much development” going on, she also suggested that everything new is “something Newtown’s youth and teens can enjoy.”

Another idea of ​​locations with drive-thru options would be beneficial.

“As a former Spectrum employee for over 19 years, I often thought that at least a fast food drive-thru would be a huge plus for local workers for a lunch option,” Laura said. Piepho.

Ashley Franco supported the drive-thru suggestion, although she added the caveat “anything but McDonald’s”.

She would like to have something in town, she said, “a good burger… I could just roll up to the window, smile on my face… kids in tow and have them finished by the time I retire. in the driveway.”

Although this is not a restaurant, the suggestion of a Trader Joe’s in Newtown drew many positive comments.

Lawrence O’Toole also made a good point, saying that if a new restaurant meant another new construction, “then none. If not, then also none. We have a lot of choice and support.

One of the most popular Newtown Bee Facebook questions to date was posted last month.

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