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Fever, 1202 Main Street: April 2012   18 comments

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This little space on Main across from the Capitol and next to WOLO has been a number of restaurants, for instance the Cat & Cleaver and The Capitol Cafe (not to be confused with the Capitol Restaurant) -- Then it was *almost* a Dunkin' Donuts.

After Dunkin' fell through, the place was vacant for a while then Fever started a (protracted) setup process, finally opened and rapidly went under.

I have to admit that though the place sounded to be something I might like, I purposely did not check it out as I strongly felt that the owner's role in the Taco Wars was unhelpful. Outcompeting someone -- fine. Trying to use City Hall to shut down a competitor -- not so much. I wonder if other people sharing that sentiment was an element in Fever's demise, or the fact that the last two restaurants there closed as well means that the location is just not that good.

(Hat tip to commenter Payne, and to tonkatoy for the "Taco Wars" link during the Have Your Say discussion)

Written by ted on May 31st, 2012

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  1. I believe this space was also the last location of the downtown Dairy Bar. It moved here from its original location on the 900 block of Main St. (the building has since been demolished and is now a parking lot). The Dairy Bar remained open for a year or so and then the owner decided to move to California.


    31 May 12 at 5:43 am

  2. And before the Dairy Bar, it was a soup, sandwich, salad bar type place called "Takin' 5" (@1984). Earlier still, it was a BBQ joing called "Porky's," which, as I recall, was owned by Champ McGee


    31 May 12 at 8:25 am

  3. I am glad this place closed! Taco Truck Karma is a Bitch!!


    31 May 12 at 11:19 am

  4. The sign does look awful cool, though.


    31 May 12 at 1:33 pm

  5. It seems like it was a weird mix of casual food and fine dining.

    Amanda F.

    31 May 12 at 3:31 pm

  6. I was one of the people who avoided the restaurant after the owner made a fuss about the food cart situation and like you feel that it would probably be a place I would have enjoyed. Hopefully another restaurant can easily slide into this space.


    31 May 12 at 7:46 pm

  7. Looks like the old Capitol Newsstand also.


    31 May 12 at 8:31 pm

  8. Yah the good news is the Reno work they did on the place makes it a lot easier for new place to step in pronto. With a new restaurant opening across the street in the glass building this area will become more eatery friendly

    Mike D

    31 May 12 at 8:44 pm

  9. Capitol Newsstand was 1204.


    31 May 12 at 10:13 pm

  10. I was less than enthusiastic about trying it due to the stink she made, but I did, and I was pretty let down - the food was OK but not great, the service was substandard, and it took around 30 minutes (seriously) to receive our food, despite the fact that the place was nearly empty.


    1 Jun 12 at 9:00 am

  11. I guess none of you own an in-line restaurant. The Taco cart thing would piss me off as well if they were allowed to set up shop on the sidewalk in front of my brick-n-mortar eatery. There is a reason why you pay a premium for a location. Try and set up a taco cart in front of Williams Bryce, or the Colonial Center on game day.


    1 Jun 12 at 3:51 pm

  12. I understand why they didn't want it. The point is that it was allowed by the existing rules, which the cart guy was making plans based on.


    1 Jun 12 at 4:04 pm

  13. The Taco cart was allowed under the rules...i purposedly avoided the place because of the stink the owner made. the menu looks like it was all over the place. need to have a focus to succeed.


    5 Jun 12 at 5:44 pm

  14. Owners are planning to reopen with a different concept (just a one-line note with no further information):


    25 Jul 12 at 11:34 am

  15. Walked by here today and this place has either reopened or will soon be reopening as Roll Call Deli.


    9 Feb 13 at 1:07 pm

  16. I agree with you. I stayed away for the very same reason although it was right down the street from my office.


    11 Jul 13 at 12:56 pm

  17. I worked here in the late 80's, when it was Jack Provosts' Dairy Bar. Pimento burgers and the most amazing onion rings were the order of the day, and we were slammed every lunch. Went by once when it was the cat & cleaver, place was practically DEAD. Between the AT & T building, the capitol and passerby traffic dying off after 6 - I would think it's obvious what such a location is meant for.

    Bobbe Edmonds

    26 Nov 13 at 3:04 pm

  18. It's unfortunate that he took the DB's "secrets" and techniques and moved to California. I'm sure that he could have sold out to someone and the Dairy Bar would still be in business....


    26 Nov 13 at 6:44 pm

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