In the morning before work I go to the gym on the corner of 38th street and Broadway. Here’s the intersection (above) – courtesy of Google Street View (at the very left of the picture above, on the second floor, are the windows to the gym).
This image is from just over one year ago (October 2016) – you can see directly ahead (on the northwest corner of the intersection) the large green plywood boards covering a construction site.
In place of those boards today exist five new quick service restaurants.
- Luke’s Lobster (https://www.lukeslobster.com/)
- Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque (http://mightyquinnsbbq.com/)
- Num Pang (https://www.numpangkitchen.com/)
- Digg inn (https://www.diginn.com/)
And finally, occupying the 1000+ square foot prime corner lot:
- Whichcraft (https://www.wichcraft.com/)
If you actually go to the Wichcraft website – you will see a picture of this new restaurant as the first image in their carousel.
(Look carefully and you’ll see the gym equipment across the street on the second floor.)
If five new restaurants weren’t already enough, if you turn around and look the other direction, you’ll see six more places to get lunch at this same intersection. Pret a Manger, Hale and Hearty, Chipotle, Maison Kayser, Mr Broadway (Kosher), and Sweet Greens.
Eight out of the eleven restaurants on this corner have opened in the last five months. And note – I’ve only highlighted the restaurants at this one intersection. Look closely at the map above and you’ll see ANOTHER chipotle just one block west as well as Moe’s Southwest Grill (effectively the same thing as Chipotle) one block east.
Ok – let’s do some napkin math here.