It seems like downtown Royal Oak, Michigan is 90 percent restaurants, and the entire Detroit area goes there to eat. It's very busy, at least on a Saturday evening at the end of January.
It's possible that as long as the eateries are high quality, then they'll attract patrons from further away. Royal Oak appears to be a destination eating spot, unless that town contains more people than I realize.
Maybe the downtown Toledo eateries will peel off business from other parts of the city and the suburbs.
But I don't think that a business will succeed simply because it's located downtown. Location won't save it if it's offering a mediocre product.
Over the past year or so, our own going-out habits have changed to focus more on downtown places because we like them better.
November 2014 Kengo and Black Cloister opening updates - Nov 24, 2014
Downtown Toledo Restaurants - 2015 - Feb 04, 2015
Toledo Delis - Oct 15, 2014
Late January 2016 weekend fun - Feb 09, 2016
Grub, beer, and fall-like weather at Mutz on Tue, Jul 15, 2014 - May 19, 2016