From the Daily News:
...there is anticipation surrounding the opening of the Applebee's this month.
"There's no place to eat other than fast food in Jamaica," said Manshel, predicting Applebee's "will draw more people to the downtown and make it a fun place to be."
Brigit Pinnell, executive director of the Jamaica Center Business Improvement District, said the new office workers in the community will help local merchants.
"They're going to shop in our district," she said. "They're going to eat in our district."
Sounds like wishful thinking to me. The movie theater that opened years ago was supposed to accomplish that. Maybe instead of focusing on providing tax breaks to businesses to get them to move or open there, you should make the place safe and clean and the businesses will come on their own.