1/07/2010

Jim's Steakout Coming

Posted by MJ

LUSJ reported.

A popular hoagie shop will be opening the doors of its newest location this month in Lockport.


Jim’s Steakout has a target date of Jan. 18 when it’ll open its 10th location at 5774 South Transit Road. Dennis Van Patten, who owns the Lockport shop, said Jim’s Steakout will bring something a little different to its Lockport customers. That includes its famous hoagies with Jim’s special sauce and chicken finger submarine sandwiches...
It is always nice to have a new choice in the area especially when it has WNY roots. It would have been nice to have it in a more urban location similar to their original location on Elmwood in Buffalo. One could imagine setting up shop on Main St (in the closing YWCA in the UCC?)? Something about Jim's says urban and it's weird to see them in plazas.

20 comments:

goaltaylor33 said...

"It is always nice to have a new choice in the area especially when it has WNY roots. It would have been nice to have it in a more urban location similar to their original location on Elmwood in Buffalo. One could imagine setting up shop on Main St (in the closing YWCA in the UCC?)? Something about Jim's says urban and it's weird to see them in plazas. "

My thoughts exactly. I figured somewhere in the proximity of Taboo/Gonzos would have been perfect.

Parking said...

parking, Parking, PARKING! - It's an expensive fast food place, people aren't going to walk a block to go in and pick up a sub!

Rocketboy said...

Forget parking, who really wants to see what is essentially a fast food joint downtown? Or who wouldn't want to have a fast food place on one of the busiest stretches of road that already has a huge draw.

MJ said...
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MJ said...

Most codes, planning books etc basically give what usually takes up more then half of every modern day development parcel no more than a couple paragraph mention. "Parking should be amble and have some trees." Great insight into what has demolished the form of human existence that was cultivated over 1,000s of years. But I digress...

Jim's Steakout is doing just fine at Chippawa and Delaware, Allen and Elmwood and Elmwood and Bidwell Pkwy And guess what? None of them have their own dedicated lot. And guess what the side benefit is? There are actually other things to do/see/walk past besides cars in a parking lot. Besides UCC has street parking in front and a large lot behind it. So if anywhere DT the parking issue is moot point, it is the UCC block.

I can understand being relegated to a Suburban plaza in Buffalo's Burbs but here there was an urban option 5 mins away. But I also understand playing it safe. At least they are going to the only 200' of street frontage in the town that doesn't have a parking lot between the building and the side walk. ;)

And what is so wrong about another food place DT? The more businesses the merrier.

goaltaylor33 said...

The downtown locations' successes despite a lack of parking notwithstanding, if Jim's is in the Ulrich Center (which is in the proximity of Taboo/Gonzos), you can park in the ENORMOUS PARKING LOT BEHIND IT. Parking is absolutely not an issue.

And I think the bar crowd would love to see Jim's downtown, in walking distance from their watering hole. There are a couple restaurants downtown, but only Papa Leo's is really open past 8 at night. I say get more businesses downtown and get some nightlife in Lockport going.

Anonymous said...

and who would walk around downtown at night? Oh, I forgot we are going to get all those upstanding citizens moving to the million dollar houses on genessee st!

Rocketboy said...

If the bar crowd needs something to eat, there's Taboo (if they can get a table). I'd just rather see room for full fledged restaurants then fast food shops. And if you're drunk enough, you won't mind Friendlies :).

But as much as you don't see it MJ, parking (or the belief that there is no easy to find parking) is an issue downtown. I know, I work downtown. The open parking lots are not well marked as such, so people get the impression that there's only on-street parking, or that it's all private lots. The problem isn't space, but perception. Heck, if you were driving down main street and were not familiar with the area, you'd be hard pressed to know that there was parking in the city center, or that you were free to do so.

Darren said...

I'm glad it's where it is. There are already 3 sub places downtown. Submarina, Papa Leos, and Sub Delicious.. How many sub places do you guys think can survive down there? One would probably go. Putting it where it is will allow a new business in lockport and allow the existing ones to continue to exist.

MJ said...

1) Good point RB. Downttown parking signage does leave a lot to be desired. THere is more than enough parking but a poor job is at defining where it is available.

2)Darren: Conversly, wouldn't that mean the town has more than enough fast food and places to get subs at. I believe its a wash on that regard. And seeing that DT city and the town "center" are only 5 mins apart, everyone is pretty much competition.

3) I walk DT and along "million dollar house row to be" well after dark year round. I'd enjoy the option to walk to Jim's. Each place of business has their strengths and we go to the one that does the item we want that night the best. No one place does it all.

Darren said...

Either way.. I'm happy we have another option in Lockport. So, what exactly do we need to do to get Wegmans here? :)

Rocketboy said...

Darren... According to Wegmans, a higher overall income level.

But (at the risk of bring up this cyclical argument again), with the hoops that SuperWalmart is being forced to jump through, if I was Wegmans, I'd keep that situation in mind as well.

Anonymous said...

Great, another fast food joint smack dab near Welfare village. I hope to see more than one giant fat lady motoring down Transit to Jim's Steakout.

Anonymous said...

I'll never get some people in WNY.. Complain Complain Complain. Anytime we get a new business in the area it's a good thing. Running a business is a risk. Thankfully this man from West Seneca is putting some money into a vacant property. Hopefully it'll pay off.

Anonymous said...

Welfare village? Grow up. Just be happy a new business is coming in rather than leaving. If some fat lady wants to go eat there, let that be her option. Quite frankly I'm not some fat lady and enjoy the fact I won't have to drive half an hour to get a frenchy when I've had a long hard day at work and want food options when too tired to slave over the stove. They're damn good and people are allowed to have their opinions. BTW, I'm not on welfare and last I knew Jim's Steakout didn't accept food stamps :-)

Anonymous said...

Like we need another Sub shop. The Submarina is quiet since Papa Leos is thriving, Sub Delicious is thriving with their concert sponsorship helping develop more customers than ever and we still have Scaps, Kenyons, Pizza Oven, Lock City Pizza, and many others to get a sub at. There are to many to keep them all, who will go down first, probably the oldest who has no parking. We lose our historic eateries with all this improvement and new business coming in. Like Tops taking over quality, no diversity, you have to shop at Tops, there is no super Walmart or other grocery stores. Bring in the new and forget about the old Lockport is our new Motto!

MJ said...

I see the concern. But good food is good food. I've been unhappy with food from some of the newer places lately. Some of the older places may need a little updating to be a place you want to eat at and not just get food from.

Who does not have parking? Papa Leo's and Submarina both share a municipal lot. Sub-Delicious has one right next to it. All Kenyon's (they sell subs?) have their own lot, etc. Street parking is free everywhere so I do not think it should be a concern.

Anonymous said...

hell yeah i love working here!!! there my family

Anonymous said...

I totally agree with bringing a Wegmans here. Even though Lockport is not in the preferred demographics they use for building a new store, Wegmans has built stores in areas that are worse demographically than Lockport. Examples in NY include Geneva, Genesseo, Elmira, Hornell, Corning, Jamestown, and Newark (Finger Lakes area.) In these cases, Wegmans downsized their new stores slightly (a little smaller than the current S. Transit Rd Tops) and they have all done really well. Wegmans can come here if they want to.

On top of that, people should take a drive to Batavia. In recent years, Tops renovated their store, and now also have a BJ's, Super Walmart, OfficeMax, Lowe's, Home Depot, Petco, Michael's, Petco, Bed Bath & Beyond, and a new Target. Why can't Lockport build these types of places so we don't always have to go Amherst or Niagara Falls? This is when Batavia has about 20-25,000 less people than Lockport.

darren said...

Sadly Jim's closed. Anyone have any info?

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