From 316 Cibo’s Facebook page…
To all our Loyal Customers,
Hi, yes unfortunately it is true. We are closing October the 12th. The concept of 316 Cibo needs a higher foot traffic. Due to the last 13 months of construction the foot traffic has dropped 40+%. It also required more staff members at peek times, and trying to keep our costs under control we weren’t able to have that extra staff at time, causing the speediness to slow down. We as a business are very sad to close 316 Cibo, but are excited to bring downtown DELL’ANNO’S PIZZA KITCHEN. We will offer a selection of Salads, Soups, Subs and a variety of Pizzas. We also plan to offer more beer selections including draft and increase our hours. We believe that this concept will keep a restaurant open at 316 Main Street. We know that this decision will upset our customers, but we hope that people will support a local downtown business. Thank you, and thank you for your support!
Nice. On the heels of today’s announcement of yet another round of street construction in Downtown Danville, we get the news that one of the better places to eat in Danville is shutting down their business model.
If it wasn’t for a few businesses left, I’d yell that Downtown Danville Is Dead! and I’m damned close to saying that now when it coming to retail. Main Street Coffee Emporium has survived everything thrown at it, Jake’s On Main survived a serious parking issue and Lou’s Antique Mall caught a big break when the IDA bought the building and saved that business. The new running supply store seems to be holding its own for now and… what the hell else is left? I’m not counting Jackie’s, because that store will be there until the city comes up with the bright idea of bombing the whole area in the name of River District Progress (theoretically, that’s not impossible based on the botched “progress” so far).
Let’s also fondly remember Downtown Danville’s “Arts Renaissance”. Dan River Art Works & the Danvillian Gallery were supposed to bring a new flair to the arts for the area. How’d that work out? Both are now closed and the owners have left town. I’m not blaming the owners one damned bit because they were in business to make money. But when you’ve got crap thrown at you like being threatened with charges because you re-paint a classic Coke sign? Danville City Council shut that problem down as fast as they could, but it was too late to avoid the well-deserved negative publicity.
The River District now has a commission which will oversee what people can do with their properties to make sure that it fits in the River District vision. Wow. I can’t see anything bad that will happen from that idea, can you?
Happy Trails, 316 Cibo! What a damned shame for it to have to close due to lack of foot traffic caused by a horrendous “revitalization” effort. I hope that Dell’anno Pizza Kitchen survives in its new edition.