Went to the LOCAL opening last night. So much for a "soft" open with these days of FB invites, there was a line out the door practically the entire night. The place will do well, and has much of the "vibe" of the downtown location, without being to urban for Millardites. Not nearly as watered down of the concept as the NEX location. While service was slow (as to be expected with a full place on the first night), food was good, beer was the selection I've come to expect from a place like this, and the servers were helpful, and apologetic and doing their best.
A couple of thoughts on the development:
-That parking lot is a mess. Way to few spots, and the rows are awfully tight together. Even with only a couple of places open in that strip, people were circling for a long time/parking elsewhere. Several bigger pickups look like they were having a tough time getting into spots because of the tight rows/small spots.
-I know its early to judge the apartments as they're not finished, but they look kind of awful. Instead of a true mixed use development, it looks like a standard multi-story apartment complex tucked behind a strip mall. I don't understand why they didn't do apartments over shops, and more of a community/main street type feel - see www.birkdalevillage.net
for a great example in suburban Charlotte, near where my parents used to live.