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Patch Readers Express Concern Over Potential Bennigan's Restaurant

A recent Patch story garnered lots of chatter on the site and on Facebook. Tell us what you think in the comments section below.

With the news of a Bennigan's restaurant possibly coming to Richfield, Patch readers and Facebook followers sure had a lot of say.

Last week, Patch reported on a strategic partnership between the restaurant chain and Brixmor Property Group to put franchised restaurants in multiple shopping centers across the country. Richfield's former Blockbuster space at Hub Shopping Center—which is owned by Brixmor—has apparently been pre-selected to house a Bennigan's in the future. Of course, an interested party wanting to buy into the franchise is still needed.

Read the full story here.

While many readers were happy to hear the long-vacant space may be filled, most concerns centered on the sometimes nightmarish parking situation the Hub presents:

On Richfield Patch's Facebook page, Rissa Pahl wrote:

"There is no way they could put a Bennigans there, or any eatery for that matter. That parking lot is a nightmare as it is. PizzaLuce doesn't even have a big enough parking lot, and they don't share theirs with other businesses. If I were them I would consider theold King Oscars location."

Lisa DeMore Rudolph wrote:

"Parking will be a nightmare!"

Sean Johansen referenced the former Bloomington Bennigan's location, which was chain owned and shut abrubtly on Juy 29, 2008 after the company filed for bankruptcy that morning. While he had good things to say about the restaurant, he agreed with others on the parking lot:

"When it was by Southtown in Bloomington it used to be awesome with the specials they did. Not sure if the Richfield location or the new menu is anywhere near as attractive. The hub is a nightmare to navigate as it is."

Read the full Facebook chat here.

Others mentioned not being impressed by the food and atmosphere at Bennigan's restaurants as being a turnoff, too.

So, Patch asks: What are your concerns with Bennigan's coming into the Hub? Or are you excited about the prospect? Do you have another idea for the Blockbuster space? Is it another restaurant?

Tell us what you think in the comments section below.

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Mike E January 17, 2013 at 05:32 AM
Tony, We (the citizens of Richfield) just finished paying for the hub with TIF expiring. Let us at least get SOME benefit before throwing more TIF at it.
Annie S. January 17, 2013 at 02:17 PM
I agree with the person who said if they do this, the main entry should be on the 65th street side. There's actually quite a lot of spots back there that are rarely used. Evidently it's not common knowledge (or people forget) that you can "cut thru" to the front of the mall via a hallway (In between Foot Locker and the Dollar Store).
Melissa Brager January 18, 2013 at 03:58 PM
Hilarious comments. This isn't about the restaurant or the food or the amount of available parking. It is about general displeasure around the worst parking lot ever created. It's the Hubs little claim to fame.
Tony Zimmerman January 20, 2013 at 02:36 AM
I am a Richfield citizen. The Hub has been around since my mother-in-law was a child. To give you perspective, her house was destroyed for TH 62, it is old, has a terrible parking lot, and we always see police activity while I am there.
Lisa February 07, 2013 at 10:57 PM
I'm just curious as to how a Bennigans would fit in the old blockbuster. I mean you need to put a kitchen in there and then a bar plus tables. That blockbuster was tiny!!

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