Out of four attempts to buy a sandwich, I have walked away empty handed four times. their definition of a soft opening is different than mine. I will continue to make the attempt and give them the benefit of the doubt.
As for competition, there is an unhealthy attitude towards it in MC. Business breeds business. That's why restaurant rows are successful and what was known as miracle miles in the automobile industry. Instead of spacing out dealerships or restaurants, line them up. They will all benefit from the traffic they create.
Cafe Utza, will not lose my business. Not because I am loyal but because I love coffee. The fresher the better. Kafe Utza roasts green coffee beans, in house. They are ground and brewed as you order. For me, that's how it should be done. If one doesn't mind opening a can of Folgers or drinking from the stuff that comes off the truck then that's fine as well. I prefer my pastries buttery and full of empty calories. That's just me. On the rare occasion that I indulge in a treat, it will come from Utza. Not because I am loyal but because of the quality, service, atmosphere and that I experience in the establishment. I will Give Main Street Grind the same consideration.
Main Street Grind looks great and I really like the atmosphere. This town has been sorely in need of someplace that knows how to stack a sandwich. I am hoping for a real ruben, stacked high and served on some decent bread and a nice, half done, Kosher pickle. Come on MSG, make me happy. I can wax pretty poetic about a good sandwich. I am grateful for their efforts so far and look forward to sitting and enjoying a sandwich that won't leave me cold. I am hopeful.
I further hope that the excitement created by this new business will bring people to the historic downtown area and everyone will profit, customer and business alike. The heart of Miles City can use a Boost.
It is not "one or the other". Kafe Utza is my favorite Coffee shop that serves great pastries. I have hopes that the Main Street Grind will be my new favorite sandwich shop.