Reader: Does the Berkeley neighborhood have too much of a good thing?

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Lori Midson
Berkeley lost Brickyard BBQ, but will gain a Bubba Chinos.
The news that Brickyard BBQ has closed made more than one reader wonder if the Berkeley neighborhood now has more restaurants than it can support. Writes Claudia:

Two BBQ restaurants was probably to much for the Berkeley neighborhood. It's just to bad it had to be Brickyard that went and not Big Hoss. Big Hoss might of had the better space but their food is gross and Big Hoss is kind of an ass. But did the neighborhood really need another Mexican place? I guess if they are open late that would be a plus since it is hard to find much after 10. I would have rather seen a really good Asian restaurant or maybe a bagel place instead. I think at this point the whole Berkley/ Highlands restaurant market has been so saturated you have to either offer an excellent product or value to survive. When I first came to the neighborhood 5 years ago there were only a couple of mediocre pizza options and now there is about 8 and a few of them are excellent.
Is Claudia right? Can there be too much of a good thing?

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Mac attack
Mac attack

Also not only was there the brickyard BBQ & Big hoss but might've passed the BBQ joint off Harlan (& 48th-ish) that has had 2 different vendors there in the last 2 years--the first was much better than the one in there now.

Claudia
Claudia

More what I meant was that the neighborhood probably couldn't support two BBQ restaurants that were basically on the same street. It was not economically feasible that both would be able to survive. Good point about being able to order booze at Big Hoss. We stopping going there after having a couple of uneatable meals.

From a consumers stand point I think its a good thing the restaurants market has become so competitive in the Highlands and Berkley neighborhoods. It helps ensure a high quality product at a good price/ value. I went to see a moving in the burbs not to long ago and I was in for a rude awaking with the overpriced generic crap that was served in all the restaurants.

Like Dawn I agree the neighborhood could use a good Indian or Greek restaurant. I just think at this point there are already many excellent options for Mexican food, pizza and burgers in the neighborhood.

Dawn
Dawn

I totally agree with the previous poster. I like a beer with my BBQ. We live in the 'hood, but I never got around to checking out Brickyard, in part due to that. I don't think that Berkeley is over-saturated at all. I'd love to see a good Indian or Greek restaurant in the 'hood.

Stephanova
Stephanova

I think the products at Big Hoss and Brickyard were different enough to support two BBQ joints in the same area. The problem with Brickyard, in my humble opinion, is that they didn't serve alcohol. Maybe I sound like a boozehound here, and maybe I am, but when I go out to dinner I like to be able to get a beer and take my time. Big Hoss has it's inconsistencies, but at least I could drink a microbrew with my pulled pork sandwich and finish off the night with a Stranahans.

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