Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Latina Cabana Express is Open

Now, will it follow a common Forest Hills restaurant trend? Here are the warning signs:

1. Open to a big Forest Hills crowd, smiles all around. (see Rouge)
2. Lose some of crowd, skimp on quality of ingredients to compensate. (See UJ's Luncheonette)
3. Lose Forest Hills crowd due to poor service, attract only visitors who don't want to walk (see Mardi Gras).
4. Become mean to your remaining customers (see T-Bone Diner).
5. For Rent (see Melange)

However, it's possible to buck the trend and become a neighborhood favorite (yes they do exist). See:

Nicks
The Family Restaurant
Narita
Dee's
DB's
Johnny Rockets (I'm sorry, but great burgers and shakes)
Tower Diner
Pinang
Bangkok Cuisine
AJ's
Just Like Mother's
Cabana
Five Burros
East Ocean Palace
Hot Bialys
Corfu
And a bunch of others I haven't tried yet.

Let's hope Latina Cabana is around a while.