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POLL: Chain Restaurants Coming to San Lorenzo

Take our poll to see how your opinion falls against others in the community.

This past week, Golden Corral, a family-friendly, buffet-style chain restaurant was recently announced as the .

Also, .

Patch is now turning to you to see how you feel about these chain restaurants coming to town.

Take our poll below and see how your opinion falls against others in the community.

snickerdoodle1 September 19, 2011 at 01:12 AM
Given that it's pretty much the closest thing we have to retail in San Lorenzo, I guess we've adopted it.
Analisa Harangozo September 19, 2011 at 01:25 AM
True and I will definitely keep my eye on that area more so now than ever considering the high interest in this topic.
D. Hamilton September 19, 2011 at 03:15 AM
Seems like San Lorenzo is really losing it's quaint charm where places like Ye Olde Pizza Joynt (ok, yes, I know, technically it's Hayward), the stores that use to be in the old Mervyn's area, stores that use to be in the shopping center near Arroyo (I remember an ice cream shop, a dance studio and more), and especially the shops on Grant (Dave's Market, the pharmacy next door, thrift store across the street, and Anna's Cafe). Now it seems like it's all just Starbucks, fast food (what are we teaching kids..."hey, eat healthy & dont eat junk...but we'll accept one or two on every corner in our town), and just junk! San Lorenzo isn't a town of junk, but it sure does seem to look that way with some of the places we are seeing pop up. A nice sit down restaurant would be great somewhere in San Lorenzo - and not a cheap buffet like there are so close by. If it has to be another fast food place, how about Long John Silvers or even a Fazzoli's (drive through Italian for those that haven't heard of it - it's back East). Something different. I'm glad to see a new sit down place to eat next to Lucky's on Hesperian and would love to see more locations like it. Where is any cultural things around the city - book stores (they do still exist), a place where local artists/authors/photographers can display and sell their works, a place where local musicians can perform (not a bar)? I know the town can use funds from businesses here, but my money will go to Sam's or Frodo Joe's
LESLIE FERNANDES September 22, 2011 at 07:03 PM
San Lorenzo has become a ghost town. I've lived here for most of my life and what's going on here is disgusting and nobody that has any power seems to care. Once Mervyn's left there was a downward spiral that continues today. The latest to leave was S&N Video on Hesperian, what will be next? Our community had the charm of a downtown Livermore or Pleasanton, not any longer. When I was little we would line up to see Santa arrive in the Mervyn's parking lot and then sit in his lap in the window at Mervyn's, those were the good old day. The Lorenzo Theater was open and the downtown area was always busy. Yes, there are new businesses going in "around" San Lorenzo but not in SLZ. Fresh and Easy is in Hayward as is the new site for 5 Guys, the new Taco Bell is in San Leandro. As a citizen of San Lorenzo, I would really love to see a Trader Joe's go in and perhaps a few speciality shops including a independent restaurant, not another chain. We sure don't need another 7-11 as was proposed for Bockman Road. Speaking of Bockman Road what's happening with the vacant lot across from the new Town Houses? Lucky people there get to stare at a disgusting, weed filled empty lot that I am sure is driving down their home prices. Someone needs to start caring about our Village again before it truly does become a ghost town.
E Valle September 30, 2011 at 03:33 PM
D. I agreee!! Are we all falling under the "oh well if we can't beat them, join them" at the cost of never improving the village. For many years now we have lived with a vacant lot but I'll take it over selling out to the next unhealthy, fast food choice. Is this all about making money at no matter the cost or the future of slz development? How about a soccer field, in-door or outside? Imagine the people a soccer field/sports type complex would attract? Family's needing meals maybe? People from many area's visiting and all it takes is one eatery make a name for itself. Reinvent slz, not easy but let's at least do our best to promote with in. How nice a park like setting to drive by. I find it interesting how many of my friends and family drive out of the village to do their grocery shopping. If Trader Joes passed us by I why? Was it because all they saw was a sad fading town stuck in the past? When friends and family say let's go out to dinner they don't say "oh boy let's go to Wendy's". It seems to me their are a multitude of slz residents who would support change but not at the cost of health for them or future generations. Frodo Joe's is the only place in slz still earning my money.


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