The reality is that people like to walk. People like to get out of their cars to enjoy the fresh air, stretch their legs and take a few minutes to walk to a seating area — even if it is a really quick meal. Although drive thru service is popular, people still always want the option to be able to get out of their car and sit somewhere.
Also, quite a few Hot ‘n Nows, including this one at Larch and Liberty streets, were located close to residential neighborhoods and walkable business districts. Although many Hot ‘n Nows did include a walk-up window, seating amenities were limited.
This portion of Larch is also a one-way street. One-way streets can negatively impact business because traffic is only traveling in one direction. Businesses on streets with two-direction traffic are far more likely to succeed than ones on one-way streets.
A few updates to the facade and site might include:
- Updates to the exterior colors away from red, white and purple;
- An exterior eating area/patio enclosed by fence or garden wall (if reused as a restaurant); and
- To change Larch Street one-way traffic to two-way. (This may be a bit of a stretch but definitely worth a try, not only for the former Hot ‘n Now but all businesses on Larch.)
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