Pat T Hat
The reasons for failure are as many and diverse as the types of cuisine that can be had.
Everybody wants to find lightning in a bottle as much as a good location…and that’s just the beginning[;)].
I think what one of the first hurdles any place faces is establishing a consistency of a quality product, which is effected by about everything mentioned already.
I think it’s like that "getting all your ducks in a row" thing…so if you’ve ever been a duck herder, your way ahead of the game[:D].
If a joint can weather the fine tuning process and start to gain a decent reputation (the all important "word of mouth"…and of course it is…look where we are) it’s only over the first hump…gotta maintain that level and keep it interesting to keep ’em comin'[:)].[:D]