^ The Highliner still has a restaurant…and La Cucina location was replaced with another restaurant in Pho 88, so that is kind of a wash. Green Apple was shut down because their building was deemed unsafe and it would have cost hundred of thousands to fix or replace…the only one that could be considered shut down due to lack of demand was Charlies and even that is questionable considering the restructuring/renovations on going at the Prince Rupert Hotel. And I would hardly say the downtown core has been losing restaurant business considering the following all have opened in the last 6 months to 3 years.
-Dave’s Oyster Bar
-Theanns Greek Palace
-The French Onion Cafe
-Seahorse Trading Cafe
The only other shutdown I can think of was Pizza Hut and that had more to due with countless franchise violations (as the rumours go).
A&W certainly would not be a detriment to downtown restaurants…the one that would see a noticeable hit would be McDonald’s…and something tells me they would still be raking it in considering how packed that place is 24/7.
Rupert needs another burger fast food place…the city could support it easily without question.