By Will Crowell, San Clemente
I’m writing about the many choices for restaurants in San Clemente and the apparent lack of interest by San Clementeans to go anywhere not named Nick’s. Go out on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or even a Thursday night and check out the other restaurants in town. Aside from Hapa J’s on a Tuesday, you won’t find a lot of action unless of course you head on over to either Nick’s or South of Nick’s. They will be full. I’ve been to both and think that they are both good, but really, there are other restaurants to choose from.
About 15 years ago or less, San Clemente was a city that basically closed at 9 p.m. with the exception of the local dive bars. If the locals don’t soon break out from their habit of going to only one restaurant, our city will once again be closing at 9 p.m. because the other many choices will have closed down. It will be ironic because by then the San Clementeans will have become bored of their love affair with one restaurant and they will then be complaining of the lack of choices in downtown San Clemente.
Well, at that point they will only need a mirror to see who’s to blame. Better change soon or our future will once again be driving either north or south for a little nightlife.