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What Should Replace The Maestro?

Restaurant lasted about two years in its location along Route 206.

The Maestro 206 closed its doors earlier this year after opening in 2010.

This spot, which previously housed another restaurant, Cocola, is considered by some to be a difficult location along Route 206 to attract consistent patrons.

What do you think? Should another restaurant open in this space? What would you like to see come here?

Tell us your thoughts in the comments.

BDVideo March 17, 2012 at 05:02 AM
I would love a Tex-Mex place. On the Border, a unique family-run place, or, I would say Qdoba, but I think that would need to be in a shopping center. Love the idea for the access road to Brown. You have my vote for traffic planner.
BDVideo March 17, 2012 at 05:14 AM
The K-Mart and Cost Cutters properties need a makeover, for sure. You can get a good or bad vibe from a place from the condition of the pavement. (They get that right at Nelson's Corner.) Of course, the buildings need to look good, and a little landscaping goes a long way. (Again, I think Nelson's Corner has nice trees and flower beds. Promenade is nice. Except for a certain spot here I can't see up the road from my car, due to tall grass.)
BDVideo March 17, 2012 at 05:14 AM
That sounds good.
BDVideo March 17, 2012 at 05:24 AM
If it's an outstanding place, the locals would come out from Duke's Parkway West, or use the U-Turn. I wold compare it to Tiger's Tale in Montgomery, which is so hard to enter from northbound 206, but the place is always packed. I wonder if the railroad bridge will ever be rebuilt. That would have an amazing impact on traffic there.
BDVideo March 17, 2012 at 05:28 AM
Friendly's would have been nice. There's always Denny's or Perkin's, but I wonder if the diner and IHOP already fill the need. Country Buffet would be good at Promenade. Good place for families and senior citizens. But it feels like big buffets may have gone out of fashion.
BDVideo March 17, 2012 at 05:31 AM
A tool store would be a good fit, since that part of town has an industrial feel. Of course, we used to have Ace Hardware at 206 & Amwell.
BDVideo March 17, 2012 at 05:34 AM
Yeah, I like what they did to Wood's Tavern. I'm a fan of Five Guys, Paint & Decorating Depo and Helinka's. I need to discover the other shops there.
BDVideo March 17, 2012 at 05:35 AM
True. I'm sure that was part of the problem with K-Mart. Very difficult entry from northbound 206.
BDVideo March 17, 2012 at 05:39 AM
True. I don't know if anybody here realizes there is Panera on the Somerville Circle, where Toys-R-Us, Staples and Five Below are. It's outside Hillsborough, but close in terms of how many Paneras there are. Unlike Dunkin Donuts, which seems to thrive at every other intersection!
BDVideo March 17, 2012 at 05:45 AM
Yes, a steak house (I'm missing Charlie Brown's) or a seafood restaurant. It seems that family restaurants do well in Hillsborough, more than strictly "grown-up" dining (which is what Coco La seemed to be).
BDVideo March 17, 2012 at 05:55 AM
I kinda like Joey G's. The bar area maybe needs a tweak. Just grab the remote and turn down the brightness on the TV flat screens or something. I ate in the dining area and the atmosphere was good, and so was the food and service. Pool hall might be good. I get the sense that anything too upscale will struggle in this economy. Panera is at Somerville Circle. I wonder how well they do there. If they closed that one and opened in Hillsborough it might do well. I'd say, the spot where the buffet was, but it might be too similar to SaladWorks, which also has soup and sandwiches. .
BDVideo March 17, 2012 at 06:13 AM
I would love Tex Mex. QDoba or Baja Fresh. There's a Chipotle at Bridgewater Commons but I'm just not motivated to go there more often. I would love an Olive Garden or Macaroni Grill, but we have O.G. by Wegmen's in Bridgewater and Maggiano's by the commons. I would say Bertucci's, but we have a lot of pizza here. I'm still wondering why Boston Market didn't survive be Stop & Shop. Anyone ever go to Sol Mexican Cantina on Rt. 22 W. in West Branchburg? That place is pretty good, and it seems to be doing well, even though it's only easily accessible on west bound 22, and it's a stand alone, not in a shopping center. How about an Irish Pub kind of place? Something like Tiger's Tale, or the old O'Connor's, and not like Houlihan's, even though I like that place too.
BDVideo March 17, 2012 at 06:16 AM
I wonder why there's no bicycle shop in town. There was one at Mountain View, and then it moved farther down 206, and I guess it's gone now.
LisaO March 17, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Our family is VERY happy to see Maestro go! We tried it twice, and the second time was worse than the last: burnt oil caused the french fries to be inedible (the poor waiter knew it too!), and the rest of the food was awful. I contacted the management about it, and never heard anything back. When I talked to people in town, no one had anything good to say about the restaurant. Anyway.....the only thing I think would work there is some sort of "chain" - a PF Chang's, or Bone Fish - even a Trader Joe's! I also like the idea of some sort of Sports Complex, especially since it's next to Docherty Park.
Diane Jones March 17, 2012 at 03:18 PM
I agree. We miss Charlie Brown's. Families could dine inexpensively or adults could go enjoy a meal by themselves. We need a few of these types. It seems Applebee's is the only one now. A seafood place would be great. We used to have the Lobster Dock that served meals.
Tom March 17, 2012 at 05:31 PM
I vote for a pool hall.
Wendy S March 17, 2012 at 06:12 PM
if not a Trader Joe's then a decent seafood place would be nice.....Bonefish would work, also.
Donna Wolf March 17, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Would love to see a Coffee Shop/Cafe with nights for music... a place where young people can hang out and get dessert, listen to locals bands, and be safe. There aren't enough places for the young people in Hillsborough.
jeff kampf March 18, 2012 at 06:16 PM
A commercial restaurant i.e. Sonic for our younger patrons. Fun food, proven business plan.
BDVideo March 19, 2012 at 04:26 AM
Sonic would be good, but can you imagine cars on northbound 206 trying to make the left turn across traffic there? Especially the younger patrons who are new drivers. If they go there from the high school they would be going north. (Maybe it's not as bad as I'm imagining it; I'll have to check it out next time I get gas at Lara's.)
Steve March 19, 2012 at 07:28 PM
If you search the Patch you will see someone tried to open a Sonic at a different route 206 locations, but I believe it was opposed due to zoning variances and wet land issues. Since Sonic is a drive-in restaurant not sure someone would want to invest the money to redevelop that property for one.
Mike Pignataro (Editor) March 20, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Thanks everyone for all of your great comments. We discussed the issues about this location with the town's business advocate. You can read that story here: http://patch.com/A-rGVr
Savvyshopper2 April 05, 2012 at 12:53 PM
What about a Bakery?? There are no good ones in the immediate area. Please don't say Randazzo's..... For "real" Italian pasteries and baked goods, I have to travel down to Bradley Beach to Del Ponte's Bakery.
BDVideo April 05, 2012 at 07:56 PM
That would be great, but not right in that spot. A bakery should be near other stores that people go to frequently, so it beckons passers-by with the smell of freshly baked treats.
Steve April 05, 2012 at 08:29 PM
That commercial location just screams for a Gentlemans’ Entertainment Club / Sports Bar and Grill, I bet one would do will there, just saying :-)
Joe Montes May 12, 2012 at 06:11 PM
I opened that building with the owner of CoCo La.....Nice Spot....I now own The Red Cadillac....Tacos & Tequila in Union.....I think a Red Cadillac would do GREAT there.. www.TheRedCadillacNJ.com http://springfield.patch.com/articles/this-red-cadillac-roars CHEERS My Hillsborough Amigos \_/ \_/ \_/ \_/ \_/ \_/ Joe Montes Chef / Owner The Red Cadillac
BDVideo May 13, 2012 at 12:22 AM
Yes!
Tweety July 04, 2012 at 05:16 AM
The other reason Sonic didn't open in town was because of the neighbors in the back that didn't want "IT IN MY BACKYARD"..anyway, Trader Joe's a definite would be great where Cost Cutters was, how about Cracker Barrel next to Ash's where Packard's used to be and put Sonic where Columbia Lumber used to be on the corner of Old Camplain Rd & 206 before the bridge...those are are alot of good places mentioned to go in where the Maestro was...when I was in High School here some 30 yrs. ago there was always talk that there should be a bowling alley, so something to do with sports or any recreation would be great. Dave & Buster's usually doesn't have a bowling alley in it except for the one in Franklin Mills because it was a Jillian's before that.
BDVideo July 04, 2012 at 05:54 AM
Any businesses that are built by Ash Flower Farms or the Columbia Lumber lot are going to have a terrible traffic hazard from cars traveling southbound on 206, trying to turn left (no room for a left turn lane). Even worse would be exiting the parking lots to go south on 206. Ever go to Ash Farms or Lora's Gas and try to cross a lane to go the other way, with traffic jammed up between Brown and Camplain? It's bad.
Harold Levin July 04, 2012 at 07:11 AM
A sports themed building would be great where Kmart stood for 30 years but that landlord has let the adjacent space sit empty for mearly 15 years so doubt he will be aggressive in filling up that hole.

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