Saturday, September 23, 2006

New poll: how long have you read this blog?

Time to change the Grand Forks Life poll again. I've been pretty lazy and you've been stuck with the same poll for too long...sorry! Still, this way I got a very large reponse to the poll question (108 votes).

Closing the old poll...
The old poll question was "What do you think about chain stores and restaurants in downtown Grand Forks?" and you can check out the results. Overall, most readers don't seem to have anything against a few chains possibly coming to the downtown area in the future. "Bring them on!" got 44% (47 votes), "Maybe a few..." got 31% (33 votes), "Not one!" got 24% (26 votes), and 2% (just 2 voters) were undecided. In other words, 75% of voters thought that a chain or two downtown wouldn't be that big of a deal. In fact, some of you (including me) seem to think that a couple of chain stores and restaurants might be just the thing to bring more activity downtown. My vote? Let's start with a Starbucks and then maybe add a sit-down restaurant or two.

Opening the new poll...
The new poll question is "In what month would you estimate you first visited this blog?". Why am I asking this? Well, the one year birthday of Grand Forks Life is coming up on October 4th and I'm curious how long you guys have been reading this blog. I know it might be hard to remember the exact month you first visited me so just make a rough estimate.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

By the way, don't we already have one chain restaurant downtown? A little place called Applebee's?

Anonymous said...

Good point! Never understood the second franchise downtowm. I understand that the owner fell back on something he/she knew, but makes no sense for what people want most...variety.

Brooks said...

Thats alot like how we have two Perkins, but no Denny's, Krohls, or Ihop.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, people here are kind of funny...shall we say "set in their ways." My neighbor went down to the Twin Cities to visit relatives and she told me they had the best meal at Olive Garden. The TC are getting to be terrific restaurant towns and she went to Olive Garden. Sense of adventure anyone?

Anonymous said...

If you come to Minneapolis/St. Paul, there are excellent non-chain, inexpensive restaurants all over town...Beirut and El Burrito Mercado in West St. Paul; St. Clair Broiler (American comfort food), La Cucaracha(Mexican), Savoy Inn (pizza), and Ruam Mit (Thai) in St. Paul; Crema Cafe (the best ice cream ever...), Brit's Pub, Falafel King, and Pizza Luce in Minneapolis, to name just a handful.
I would chose any of these places over almost any chain I can think of...give them a try, you won't be disappointed!
(find addresses, etc. here: http://www.citypages.com/dish/summary.asp)


[Olive Garden is way overrated!]