Downtown Auburn has experienced a sort of restaurant renaissance over the past decade, especially within the last five years. But what is driving this trend and will it continue?
Jim Daddabbo, owner of Mesa Grande Taqueria, said Auburn's restaurant scene is a "natural evolution" of a general period of growth in downtown Auburn, which started about a decade ago with the opening of the Auburn Public Theater in 2005.
"I think it has to do with all the right people, all the right stakeholders, in the right place at the right time in terms of city hall and private foundations and private developers," Daddabbo said. "We hit the right time where there was a trend in America in general to go back to downtowns. If you look at what's happening in Auburn, it's happening all over the country."