|To the Editor: They would prefer to dine in BG, but...|
|Written by Howard and Pat Williams|
|Wednesday, 23 January 2013 10:15|
We are alumni of BGSU and residents of Woodville. Residing as near as we do to BG, we are in your city many times a week for shopping and events at the university such as sporting events and concerts. We patronize many of the eating establishments when we are there.
However, on many occasions in order to have a nice sit-down dinner when the event has concluded we are forced to head up the road to Perrysburg or Maumee. We would prefer to do less driving and eat in Bowling Green if that were possible.
When we have finished our meal, we stop for a few groceries, etc. that we didn't want sitting in the car while we were eating, therefore buying those also in Perrysburg before heading back home. Often, we must also stop for gas. And we are not the only ones doing this. After many university events, we see the same people at restaurants and stores in these other communities.
We feel Bowling Green is missing out on a very lucrative opportunity. With a university that attracts people from all over and an interstate highway running right by your city, a Longhorn Steakhouse or Olive Garden restaurant, etc. near I-75 could actually benefit many businesses. The city would benefit form the tax revenue generated.
Some travelers are looking for the consistency of a familiar brand name restaurant. I know we would appreciate not having to drive further than BG.
Howard and Pat Williams
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