===Can a …restaurant … …be too upscale to draw patrons? Whadda ya think===
Oh easily. I have seen one fine Japanese/Chinese restaurant fail. They made great sushi that was very artfully presented. Problem is that the folks here are not wild about raw fish and rice. They could not compete against the two Chinese buffets within a half mile. One day I drove by, and they were closed.
A new restaurant has opened there and they are offering French-Japanese fusion. They are featuring things like duck confit along with a sushi menu. I could describe the menu more fully after I try it, as I don’t think they will last long here. Better get there now.