Too many kitchens or too few people?
Downtown used to be a destination for many when going out for dinner, but sadly its reputation, safety issues, parking costs and far better options in the burbs have reduced this crowd immensely.
Thankfully there are still a handful of worthy destination spots, but it pales in comparison to the hub it once was.
The much larger pub/bar crowds lead me to disagree. There is a market-wide (and much publicized) move away from dining-in and would suggest that the market is simply rebalancing in response to changes in behaviors.