When Roy Sasaine started La Shish on Whyte Avenue two years ago, he thought the Lebanese restaurant had the recipe for success.
But now, he’s joined a growing number of Old Strathcona restaurants and club owners who say the location is no longer as attractive as it used to be.
“The city is focusing a lot on the downtown core and we’re kind of getting neglected here,” Sasaine said.
The owner of La Shish, who owns three other locations in Edmonton, said the city hasn’t provided the services that business like his need to survive — street-cleaning and parking are lacking in his area of the avenue. He argues that Whyte Avenue has become less attractive to customers, but that landlords and the city are still charging for prime business real estate.