Downtown dining not feasible for many Wilsonians

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This letter is in response to Jerome De Perlinghi’s Dec. 26 letter urging all Wilson County citizens to eat downtown.

Let me begin by saying that my entire family was born in Wilson County and have lived here all of our lives. We have traveled and dined all over the world, but here in Wilson we “eat local.” We much prefer Mama Mia’s, Fuji, Beefmastor, Dick’s and Best N Burger to Ruby Tuesday, Chili’s, Applebee’s and Olive Garden.

There are four restaurants downtown. Three serve breakfast and/or lunch, and one serves dinner. Three of the four are not optimal for people with health issues. Bill’s Grill is high fat/high sodium; Da Bayou is Cajun everything, even the fries; and SaYum is Jamaican. Only Da Bayou serves dinner. For those reasons, eating downtown is not feasible for many Wilson County citizens.

Also, there are many impediments to driving downtown. Most people I know do anything to avoid driving downtown. The roads are horrible, full of broken pavement, potholes and confusing one-way streets. Parking is a nightmare — circling the block for street parking spaces, having to parallel park, then having to move your car every two hours to avoid a ticket; parking lots with coin-operated meters that have to be fed to avoid tickets. If Wilson wants to support downtown development, it first needs to address these concerns.

Finally, this letter demonstrates that Jerome De Perlinghi has a total lack of understanding of the majority of Wilson County’s “30,000 adults.” Most have never tasted Thai food, have never heard of “un Potage aux Poireaux a la Creme,” would avoid a “jam session” in the heart of the city like the plague and don’t drink beer, much less locally brewed.

Those who want to transform downtown Wilson into a “vibrant” area need to realize that their goals are not the goals of the majority of Wilson County citizens.

Diana D. Page