Some they come and some they go . . . restaurants, that is.
Some Salem restaurants have been around for decades and are mourned if they leave. Some new places change a neglected space for the better.
One of the latter, that I see and appreciate most days, is Straight from New York Pizza's massive and awesome remodel at the corner of Owens and Commercial. Not only did they do an extensive remodel on an existing space, but they did it with art and grace.
Another change that many Salemites looked forward to for months was the opening of Venti's Taphouse at the corner of Fairview and Commercial. When a building with a very specific appeal goes up for sale, I'm concerned whether it'll ever find the perfect owners. Thankfully, the Venti family not only are moved in, but they're making it their own. Salemites know from experience how well they create a welcoming space.
Other area restaurants that come to mind who have created or improved a location: French Press, Crooked House Bistro, Orupa, Cherry City Cafe, Word of Mouth,
What type of restaurant would you like to see in the Salem area and what changes can you fill the rest of us in on?