NANCY BACKUS wrote to DAVE DRUM <=-
Around here people vote with their wallets on restaurant venues.
Which, effectively, we did at that place... :)
My friend Mary Anne sold her well-known "Den Chilli" place a number of times - and wound up taking it over after the new owners screwed with
the recipes in an effort to "economize". This time when she peddled it
she sold it outright (no contract-for-deed) and hung around for a few months to help the new folks get settled in. And all of the staff
stayed except for normal attrition.
Above and beyond the call of duty... :) And a nice effort to keep the
rep of her place up, even after selling it...
So, what are the new folks doing now that she is gone to her
retirement villa? Screwing with the recipes and raising prices. The coriolis effect as they spiral down the drain will be a thing to be avoided so as to not get caught in the under-tow.
Seemingly the only places that are fairly immune to that syndrome are Charlie Parker's diner and the chain franchises ... and even the chain places are subject to "economies or poor management". Charlie's OTOH motors right along through multiple ownerships. If my count is close
to accurate they're on their 8th owner since Lannie Huggins converted
an old Country Highway Department quonset hut from a maintenance shed
to the "campy" place featured on an episode of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.
Apparently the subsequent owners all understood the concept of not
messing with a good thing... and, for whatever reasons, felt a vested interest in keeping a local tradition going strong...
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