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Another place closes

On 12 Jun 2011 at 10:47pm checkit out wrote:
Buddha Belly closed, seemingly for good, on Thursday night. All the furniture from the seating area seems to have been removed.
On 13 Jun 2011 at 8:18am Vesbod wrote:
Well, I have already said on one of these forums that we, as locals, should support ALL businesses, not just the favourites, otherwise we'll end up a "charity shop" town.
On 13 Jun 2011 at 9:07am Boing wrote:
Would any residents be interested in a vegetarian cafe/bar? Nothing 'holier than thou' and preachy, but just good, tasty vegetarian food.
On 13 Jun 2011 at 9:23am MC wrote:
I would, well to be exact my wife would. I just tag along.
Must have good coffee.
On 13 Jun 2011 at 9:30am happy eater wrote:
@ vesbod. So we should go to eateries in the town even if we don't like them just to stop them going out of business ?
On 13 Jun 2011 at 1:43pm Old Cynic wrote:
Problem with Buddah Belly was you didn't know what it was - was it a wine bar or was is a restaraunt? It looked gloomy inside too.
Being breifly open then closed for ages then suddenly open again didn't help - neither did having staff hanging around outside or any kind of advertising
On 13 Jun 2011 at 1:44pm Madame Bovary wrote:
I would love a good vegetarian restaurant - perhaps something on the lines of Food for Friends in Brighton, as it was a few years ago.
On 13 Jun 2011 at 1:51pm giveitarest wrote:
That's about right Old Cynic. I had a couple of cracking nights out in the BB but the whole thing about whether it was a restaurant with a cocktail bar or maybe a wine bar with food never seemed to make sense. Shame, because some sort of decent wine bar / cocktail bar (not called Lincoln's) could probably work in Lewes.

Veggies - that place in a basement on School Hill disappeared a while back. Does that mean there's no call for a veggie cafe / restaurant?
On 13 Jun 2011 at 2:04pm Decent Citizen wrote:
Third time of posting not taking my comment!I would welcome a vegetarian restaurant. I do eat meat but,on occasion it is a pleasant change. Seasons on School Hill was excellent.
On 13 Jun 2011 at 2:38pm Clifford wrote:
The problem with Seasons was that the portions got smaller and smaller. The last time I went there they were serving a nut roast on a saucer. I stopped going and I imagine quite a few other people did too.
On 13 Jun 2011 at 9:22pm the old mayor wrote:
Maybe Wetherspoons are taking the Buddah Bar then !!! It is their kind of building but would make a really nice Browns too !!
On 14 Jun 2011 at 4:55am Second class wrote:
Isn't it funny how you all agree to a poncy veggie diner but mention Mc Donalds and you all kick up... I personally think another overpriced DFL place in Lewes is destroying it. Driving many lower classed good people away! If MD is so disliked by the majority in the town, why not let them open one? Because if you lot on here are so right it would close after a few months as no one would use it. Funny how so few people feel that that speak for so many.
On 14 Jun 2011 at 8:33am Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
I feel the same about all chains, not just McDonalds. They end up making towns all look the same imo, and I hate the creeping homogenisation of the chain store/restaurant.
Vegetarian restaurants always smell funny imo. Let them eat meat, I say!
On 14 Jun 2011 at 10:29am 'ere be monsters wrote:
Don't understand "veggie restaurant". Do they sell only veggie food?
On 14 Jun 2011 at 11:55am Happy Shopper wrote:
WH Smith / Sussex Stationers
Cafe Nero
Fat Face
White Stuff
New Look
Clarks Shoes
M & Co
Holland & Barratt
Vison Express
Spec Savers
Pizza Express
All the banks
All the building societies
All the charity shops
Woolworths (whose passing was mourned by many)
Probably more but I can't think of them.
All chains, but you don't hear anyone slagging all these off (with the exception of Tesco), yet the slightest suggestion that McDonalds might open an outlet and everyone comes down on them like a tonne of bricks.
We already have a town full of chains, so isn't it time that tired old argument was given a rest?
On 14 Jun 2011 at 2:19pm Meaty Joe wrote:
How about a non Veggie restaurant? Just meat on the menu.
On 14 Jun 2011 at 2:40pm getorffmoiland wrote:
I agree, whats the trouble with McD's? Actually the trouble with McD's is that is almost always followed by an avalanche of other chains, rents go up, independents cant pay, Tesco Extra mops up the rest. It is know policy of many chains open as close as poss to McD's. I know it looks and sounds like rampant Nimbyism but we must resist......resist......Big Macs are good though.
On 14 Jun 2011 at 5:31pm Twinky wrote:
plus near any McD's there is an avalanche of rubbish.
On 14 Jun 2011 at 7:06pm DrKeith wrote:
However a large chain brought into the town will bring further investment to the shops, when I tend to shop in Brighton or Eastbourne, I plan ahead with things such as lunch e.t.c, Where as Lewes fails to offer a wide range or food outlets.
I would never support Bills, I don't really like Pizza or crap Pasta (Pizza Express) and (ASK and Prezzo)
Curry houses and Chinese aren't open until gone 6, Fish and Chips can't be eaten every day.
The few sandwich bars are very samey and not a large range of offers as well as poor seating options.
A large brand name would just be another option
On 14 Jun 2011 at 11:28pm checkit out wrote:
Oh come on Twinky. MacD's do keep their environs clean and tidy, which is more than one might say about the burget place near the post office. Lewes objected to MacD's and got two other ones instead.
On 15 Jun 2011 at 7:19am Deelite wrote:
Dr Keith, you don't know you've been born!

You've just made a large list of places to eat. The fact you don't like any of them is really your problem.
he town I grew up in (very like Lewes) only had an Egg and Griddle (greasy spoon), one Chinese and one Indian, all appalling. Mind you we knew how to cook our own food then (and much healthier it was for us too).
On 15 Jun 2011 at 9:05am Mercian wrote:
Equally I grew up in a town where the only options were BK, McDs, KFC and Harvester-type pubs. You should be grateful for what you've got - you'll only miss it when it's gone.
On 15 Jun 2011 at 9:08am Mercian wrote:
I'm sure this will bring forward anti-DFL comments but what I find strange is the way all Lewes pubs stop taking food orders at 8.30. 8.30 is roughly when I've started thinking about what I might do that evening and how about dinner?
On 15 Jun 2011 at 10:38pm MeMyselfMe wrote:
I would be the size of a house if mds arrived. that is my complaint

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