It would be a brave restaurant owner that would take space in an high street surrounded by lots of eating places.
Jamies, Byron and Giraffe tried it and in areas with large footfall.
There needs to be a recognition that "online”
shopping, which I dare say most people reading this are well practiced in, has caused the decline of retailing via shops and in my view is set to continue apace.
Cobblers, but just one, barbers and hair stylists, a few coffee shops and a few eating places, remember McDonalds, Burger King are likely already there. A couple of pubs and yes even a nail bar perhaps but after that there needs to be a draw, something to cause people to travel in.
Nights are entirely different. Clubs, pubs are the staple today but where I live they have caused very many older folk to eschew the town, never mind the High Street.
I quite like the idea of changing the use of much of the retail estate to residential of a type that is affordable to young people.
Although I am sorry to say that if that came to pass there may not be to many potential customers for the Cobbler