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Another downtown watering hole bites the dust...Easy Street Bar.

I was just told by one of their employees that tonight is their last night.

Someone listening to some of you guys around here would be fooled into believing the downtown Toledo bar scene was part of a thriving metropolis.

There still are a few more downtown watering holes that are circling the bowl.

Easy come, easy go.

Not to worry, the Chinese are here checkbook in hand.

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Oh, forgot to add another to the list. There will be a very significant residential development in the Warehouse District that should be announced soon. Prominent developer, will be their first project in Ohio. Only their second in the US I believe, as a matter of fact. The sale was completed earlier this month.

posted by Johio83 on Oct 28, 2016 at 01:21:01 pm     #  

you're such a tease

posted by upso on Oct 28, 2016 at 02:00:40 pm     #  

JR-It's not necessarily where the proceeds go, as long as they aren't claiming it as a not-for profit company. It may be splitting hairs, backing Black Cloister, but taking umbrage with the 2 new Joe for Jesus outlets, granted. Seeing Black Cloister in action, and at charity events, I would say they are good people, doing good work, for good causes. I have full respect for what they do with their money, it was their blood sweat and tears they put into it, not the church's. I've never been handed a pamphlet, and never felt that there was any agenda. With Rust Belt and Claro, its the conceit that it's a coffee shop whose agenda is to proselytize, funded by and invested in, by the church, under the guise of saving the world, one cup of coffee at a time.

posted by ahmahler on Oct 28, 2016 at 02:01:23 pm     #   2 people liked this

I had lunch yesterday at the Adams Street Cafe and it was DEEELISH... had a peppered turkey salad. My lunch buddy had the sandwich version and she said it was great too. Next time I need to try their burger.

They did a great job on the interior too.

posted by toledolen_ on Oct 28, 2016 at 03:50:15 pm     #  

Watched the world series game last night downtown and Frickers was packed so we went over to Durty Bird which wasn't the busy but they had a band playing that was awful and they ended up playing a half hour after they were suppose to finish and it was hard to watch the game. Fortunately they finished by the 8th inning and you could hear the TV's and crowd was really into the game. The dish went out for a few minutes due to weather and that sucked.

Something that surprised me was in the 9th inning the bartenders weren't allowing tabs stating they were doing last call the second the game was over which they did. I just walked home at 12:45 but my fried I was with walked over to Fricker's and said that place was packed until they closed. Makes no sense to me that a bar that has people in it during a popular game would want to close and send patrons a half block away to their competition.

posted by classylady on Nov 03, 2016 at 09:10:44 am     #   2 people liked this

A couple of coworkers went to Adam's street cafe and said it was amazing. I am going to check it out today for lunch!

posted by stooks on Nov 03, 2016 at 09:20:59 am     #  

Dave Balls father told a lady in my office last week that Domino's pizza is opening a location downtown. He wouldn't elaborate on the exact location but said they are planning on being open by the end of the year.

posted by classylady on Nov 03, 2016 at 09:50:58 am     #  

Dave Balls

Gets me every time.

posted by slowsol on Nov 03, 2016 at 10:28:04 am     #   8 people liked this

^Nice

Quick comment-Fowl and Fodder is GOOD. Like, really good. I've eaten there at least a dozen times, and I have never been disappointed. They have changed their hours to be open only for Breakfast and Lunch (Central ave location). I'm guessing they didn't do a ton of dinner business.

posted by ahmahler on Dec 05, 2016 at 10:45:54 am     #  

I've yet to try it as their current location is incredibly difficult for me to get to. I suspect I will be at their downtown location ALL THE TIME.

posted by upso on Dec 05, 2016 at 01:57:28 pm     #  

Our second location is majority funded and will be ready to launch in the early months of 2017.

There needs to be betting odds to make money betting against this type of silliness.

posted by 6th_Floor on Dec 05, 2016 at 08:47:18 pm     #  

Speaking about the coming soon syndrome, is there any recent update for Sandy Spang's coffee bar opening? There hasn't been much visible progress there in months.

Despite earlier delays, Potbelly recently seems to be progressing.

Veritas a couple months ago joined the "Closed on Mondays club." It's amazingly still open Tuesday-Saturday.

posted by 6th_Floor on Dec 05, 2016 at 08:58:20 pm     #  

Not the thread for this news but I can't locate the "old" one where it was discussed. Looks like there won't be a Rojo Mexican Bistro at Fallen Timbers after all.

posted by Foodie on Dec 06, 2016 at 08:53:03 am     #  

Fallen Timbers is a ghost town...

posted by SensorG on Dec 06, 2016 at 08:57:11 am     #   1 person liked this

I had heard rumors that the contractor wasn't paid and was in a big dispute with the owner. Sounds like that was probably more than a rumor.

posted by slowsol on Dec 06, 2016 at 11:07:32 am     #  

I asked Harold Ball last week about what was going on with Sandy Spang's coffee shop and he stated her son is doing a lot of the renovations and she has her liquor permit. He thinks they will open by February 1. When I looked in there a couple weeks ago it looked like a new floor was being put in and there is a small stage she built in the corner.

The security guard at PNC told me that Kyoto Ka sushi at Edison Plaza is now open at night.

Security guards downtown seem to be the best sources for information on what is happening downtown

posted by classylady on Dec 06, 2016 at 11:00:20 pm     #  

Harold Balls, assuming a relation to Dave Balls.

posted by hunkytownsausage on Dec 07, 2016 at 08:49:40 am     #  

Daddy Balls

posted by Hoops on Dec 07, 2016 at 09:28:47 am     #   1 person liked this

Harry Balls is Dave Balls dad.

Day guard at the Ohio Building but I haven't seen him this week. Nice guy and loves to talk. So does the old security guard at PNC.

posted by classylady on Dec 07, 2016 at 09:43:16 am     #  

We got a Dave Balls and Harry Balls in the same post. Shut it down, we have a winner.

posted by TrilbyGuy on Dec 07, 2016 at 10:48:33 am     #  

TrilbyGuy posted at 10:48:33 AM on Dec 07, 2016:

We got a Dave Balls and Harry Balls in the same post. Shut it down, we have a winner.

It takes a lot more than a set of Balls to kill this thread.

posted by JoeyGee on Dec 07, 2016 at 11:33:41 am     #   1 person liked this

SensorG posted at 08:57:11 AM on Dec 06, 2016:

Fallen Timbers is a ghost town...

It was a mistake to ever open that place, but it was a very Toledo thing to do.

posted by clt212 on Dec 07, 2016 at 12:25:18 pm     #  

clt212 posted at 12:25:18 PM on Dec 07, 2016:
SensorG posted at 08:57:11 AM on Dec 06, 2016:

Fallen Timbers is a ghost town...

It was a mistake to ever open that place, but it was a very Toledo thing to do.

Portside Festival Marketplace anyone? The people that proposed that idea and invested in it actually believed it would work, and that it was a good idea.

They were wrong, but it didn't slow them down.

posted by madjack on Dec 07, 2016 at 02:48:25 pm     #  

I'm surprised Fallen Timbers isn't doing better seeing the area and seeing that those types of malls are what is popular now as opposed to the enclosed malls like Westfield.

Westfield is the only decent mall we have in Northwest Ohio and Fallen Timbers would be more convenient for people living in smaller towns to the south like BG and Findlay.

posted by classylady on Dec 07, 2016 at 02:56:58 pm     #  

I'm not sure if call it a ghost town, particularly when we all have real reference points, as far as malls go. I definitely think it is a very different version of a mall, and probably, scale appropriate for these times. I think many stores do a decent enough business. This type of shopping is fading quickly though.

posted by ahmahler on Dec 07, 2016 at 10:21:04 pm     #  

classylady posted at 09:43:16 AM on Dec 07, 2016:

Harry Balls is Dave Balls dad.

Day guard at the Ohio Building but I haven't seen him this week. Nice guy and loves to talk. So does the old security guard at PNC.

Harold usually goes south for the Winter... so he might be gone for the season?

posted by toledolen_ on Dec 08, 2016 at 06:07:08 pm     #  

Does anyone know what bars/restaurants have lofts above them for rent? It's impossible to find anything on them online but I keep hearing they exist.

posted by ckbeats21 on Dec 16, 2016 at 06:37:45 am     #  

The Oliver House has apartments on the third/fourth floors. I know there's an apt. above Wesley's.

posted by Toledostrong on Dec 16, 2016 at 03:50:53 pm     #  

There are also apartments above the OT. You'll probably want to "inquire within" for each place you might be interested in.

posted by upso on Dec 16, 2016 at 09:03:35 pm     #  

Most of the folks I know from BG on south go to Levis Commons more than FT. The Levis area has a much wider variety of restaurants and nearby stores than the FT area does. Most of FT is mid-level mall crud, and except for the bookstore, it's never been a destination for me.

posted by swampprof on Dec 16, 2016 at 10:52:58 pm     #  

I'll call around the bars and restaurants to see if anything is available. Also, does anyone know when the Berdan Building will be completed? That's an awesome location

posted by ckbeats21 on Dec 18, 2016 at 08:11:48 pm     #  

I've heard summer. Based on their progress, I'd guess late summer/fall.

posted by slowsol on Dec 18, 2016 at 09:44:58 pm     #  

As of probably Septemberish, the leasing manager said they were still looking to start renting in the spring. I'm not sure if that means the whole building will be done by then, or more likely, one floor will open up while they finish the rest.

posted by Johio83 on Dec 19, 2016 at 07:28:27 am     #  

I heard there is already a waiting list to get in at the Berdan building. I'm guessing it will be at least summer until it's open.

There are a couple apartment/lofts above maddie and bella in the warehouse district.

Not sure if I'd want to live over a bar due to noise concerns.

posted by classylady on Dec 19, 2016 at 03:11:44 pm     #  

A friend of mine who currently lives in the Lasalle Apartments told me that he is on the list of renters for the Berdan Lofts and was looking to sign the lease in early April. Not sure when move in would be.

posted by daddyg on Dec 19, 2016 at 03:39:05 pm     #   1 person liked this

Not sure how to properly respond to your comment daddyg but do you know who your friend contacted to be put on the waiting list?

posted by ckbeats21 on Dec 19, 2016 at 07:08:33 pm     #   1 person liked this

Contact the folks that own the Standart Lofts. It's the same people and they can probably help out.

posted by upso on Dec 19, 2016 at 08:18:27 pm     #  

ckbeats21 posted at 07:08:33 PM on Dec 19, 2016:

Not sure how to properly respond to your comment daddyg but do you know who your friend contacted to be put on the waiting list?

Unfortunately, no. I know he attended an open house/presentation quite a while ago and was able to get his name on the list. I would follow Upso's advice. Sorry I couldn't be more help!

posted by daddyg on Dec 19, 2016 at 08:48:32 pm     #  

Yup, upso's got it. It's the same development duo, and they're using the same leasing people for both Standart and Berdan. Just contact Standart for info.

posted by Johio83 on Dec 19, 2016 at 10:18:09 pm     #  

The wife and I stopped at Rustbelt this week and we were surprised to see the place was quite busy mid-afternoon despite the frigid temperatures.

RB also has several pieces of refurbished furniture for sale at reasonable prices.

posted by 6th_Floor on Dec 20, 2016 at 06:59:21 pm     #  

Maddie and Bella's has been doing well also when I have been there. Maybe the cold temperatures is making coffee more desirable.

It looks like they are making a lot of progress on Plate 21 and Potbelly. City paper says Potbelly will open on February 1.

Was at Durty Bird last night with the boyfriend and they have a Prime Rib dinner they added to the menu. Boyfriend loved it but thought it was overpriced. They raised their prices again, the G&T he had is now 50 cents more and the salad I had was $1 more. They seem to raise their prices at least four times a year. If we want to drink the Blarney and Cock & Bull are much cheaper alternatives downtown

posted by classylady on Dec 21, 2016 at 12:02:54 pm     #  

new restaurant opening up near the Library called... "Yer Mom's House of Eats"

https://www.facebook.com/Yer-Moms-House-Of-Eats-1369878306390781/

posted by upso on Dec 21, 2016 at 06:25:48 pm     #  

Ha. Anything to do with Micah?

posted by Johio83 on Dec 21, 2016 at 08:39:12 pm     #  

Yup. He's part of it.

posted by upso on Dec 21, 2016 at 10:41:05 pm     #   1 person liked this

"Today marked the soft opening of Yer Mom's House Of Eats!! This new lunch spot in the first floor of The Toledo Building sits across Michigan Avenue from the Lucas County Library Main Branch. Partnering with Micah Risher from House Of Eats are Chefs Drew & Tracy Ruiz as well as Tobias Czlapinski of Saints & Sinners. We are proudly serving a locally sourced, from scratch, flexible and easily customized, vegan friendly, gluten conscious, health centered, flavor driven menu of craft soups, sandwiches, salads, tacos, and more!

Our hours are 11am-2pm Monday thru Friday. We are growing and evolving every day! Please stay tuned to Facebook for updates on daily offerings, how we work with your specific food needs, and the further development of our little slice of heaven!"

posted by upso on Dec 21, 2016 at 10:42:27 pm     #  

based on that location it's a weird and interesting mix of characters! they are either going to blow it out of the park or...

posted by upso on Dec 21, 2016 at 10:44:16 pm     #  

I'll bet my money on or...

posted by 6th_Floor on Dec 22, 2016 at 01:04:08 am     #   1 person liked this

Gee, color us all surprised!

posted by Johio83 on Dec 22, 2016 at 07:07:55 am     #   3 people liked this

I'll eat anything Drew cooks. Dude is a monster - so good.

posted by endcycle on Dec 22, 2016 at 10:53:55 am     #   1 person liked this

The fabulous lights at Hensville have been off the past two nights. I'm sure the county's response will be that they're being good stewards with out money.

posted by 6th_Floor on Dec 26, 2016 at 01:33:14 pm     #   1 person liked this

Another question I have is since they claimed Winterfest was such a raving success a couple years ago, why isn't it happening again this year?

It appears a few strands of lights hanging from the Hensville buildings and a lame tree at Hensville park are this year's Winterfest festivities.

posted by 6th_Floor on Dec 26, 2016 at 01:45:51 pm     #  

Winterfest was scheduled to coincide with the planned replacement of the turf on the field.

posted by In_vin_veritas on Dec 26, 2016 at 02:11:55 pm     #  

Winterfest was a success. Setting up the rink is hell on the ball field. 5/3 got a re-sod after. New sod gets laid down about every 5 years. Napoli said another outdoor game could happen before the next re-sod.

posted by TrilbyGuy on Dec 26, 2016 at 02:13:15 pm     #  

I liked Winterfest. I was disappointed that the lights and tree weren't on last night for Christmas. Boyfriend and I took a walk last night thinking it would be nice to see Hensville and the tree lit up on Christmas night and it was dark.

posted by classylady on Dec 26, 2016 at 06:28:37 pm     #  

Hensville lights also aren't on tonight, but somebody today did finally turn off all the lights inside Fleetwoods.

posted by 6th_Floor on Dec 26, 2016 at 09:43:24 pm     #  

"Winterfest was scheduled to coincide with the planned replacement of the turf on the field."

In September 2014, the Mud Hens carved a Putt-Putt golf course into the outfield. Then a few months later, they held Winterfest because, as mentioned above, they had already planned to replace the turf.

The Mud Hens came up with the [golf course] idea after agreeing to wreck their field so a pair of minor league ice hockey games could be played in the stadium this winter. As long as they were going to tear up the grass anyway, they figured, why not do something else fun with it first?

posted by jr on Dec 26, 2016 at 10:29:34 pm     #  

The lights have returned to Hensville this evening!

posted by 6th_Floor on Dec 28, 2016 at 05:21:16 pm     #  

It's a Christmas miracle!

posted by upso on Dec 28, 2016 at 05:44:01 pm     #   2 people liked this

They were on last night, too

posted by Johio83 on Dec 28, 2016 at 11:05:37 pm     #  

Has anybody heard or seen that synergy mouse lately????

Montreal Moves To Limit New Restaurants To Protect Existing Restaurants

Lawmakers in Montreal have moved to crack down on new restaurants, in an odious attempt to protect existing ones.

“Montreal has one of the highest restaurant per-capita ratios in North America and the amount of places to eat is worrying local politicians,” reads a Canadian Press piece from earlier this week.

If that sounds awful and weird, that’s because it is. Studies of the best places to eat often conclude that the more restaurants a city has per-capita, the better its restaurant scene. It’s no surprise that the more choices a consumer has, the better off that consumer is.

Montreal does have an impressive number of restaurants. Data shows Montreal trails only New York City in terms of restaurants per capita in North America. As in New York City, that competition is great for Montreal’s consumers. But it puts pressure on incumbent restaurateurs. So lawmakers have decided to side with the latter.

The worry expressed by lawmakers has turned into a ban on new restaurants from opening within 25 meters of an existing one along the city’s Rue Notre Dame, the street the now-shuttered Sans Menu once called home. Notably, the action comes as “a number of commercial and retail properties remain empty” in this same part of Montreal.

The law “risk[s] turning the city’s restaurant scene into a heavily bureaucratized nightmare like the province’s construction industry,” says the head of Quebec’s restaurant association, who notes that real threats to the industry come from “road construction, high property and licensing taxes, as well as the potential for a $15 hourly minimum wage.”

It’s not just brick and mortar restaurants though. Montreal’s increasingly absurd stance when it comes to food, also applies to food trucks.

Speaking of food trucks, Montreal recently ended its decades-long ban on food trucks, with a twist. Food trucks can’t park within 60 meters of a brick-and-mortar restaurant. Also: “For food safety,” reports a Canadian news service, “the trucks chosen will have to be associated with an already established restaurant.”

You can’t make this up.

posted by 6th_Floor on Dec 29, 2016 at 02:02:12 pm     #  

Yeah, that's pretty interesting. There was an article on Eater (that I can't find) about restaurants in L.A. that can't stay open for any amount of time. There are no regulars anymore, just people trying to check restaurants off their list. They go to whatever opened most recently, And the stuff that opened 2 or 3 years ago, is forgotten about. It makes for a tenuous time in the restaurant business. In a business that works on razor thin margins anyway. Staying open for a length of time is the only way to really survive. I think we have always assumed the business that goes to a restaurant is a meritocracy-but now, that's not the case.

posted by ahmahler on Dec 29, 2016 at 02:21:59 pm     #  

Any details on what the law actually is? Is it just setting a limit on the maximum number of restaurant operator's licenses, like liquor permiting in the States? Or is there some kind of point scale, where "length of time open" gives extra weight or something? And I wonder if they break things down by categories, like fine dining, quick service, etc. What a hassle.

posted by Johio83 on Dec 29, 2016 at 02:45:25 pm     #  

https://www.thrillist.com/eat/nation/american-restaurant-industry-bubble-burst?curator=thereformedbroker

I've always thought that minimum-wage hikes were a severe threat to the restaurant industry.

posted by 6th_Floor on Jan 04, 2017 at 12:03:31 am     #  

lol. not necessarily applicable to apply a national restaurant blog post to the toledo market but... huh... kind of weird that you're even looking outside our region! nice!

posted by upso on Jan 04, 2017 at 12:08:42 am     #  

upso posted at 12:08:42 AM on Jan 04, 2017:

lol. not necessarily applicable to apply a national restaurant blog post to the toledo market but... huh... kind of weird that you're even looking outside our region! nice!

6th-Thanks for sharing. I think this is a perfect place to put this post. This thread is dominated by armchair restaurateurs, criticizing an industry that is indescribably difficult, and rarely, a meritocracy. I caught this article the other day, and while, it's totally accurate, and we're seeing it even in great restaurant towns, the thing the article doesn't touch on is the growing trend in the industry to eliminate tipping, and pay the front and back of the house, a good wage, with benefits. Raising costs 15%+ but eliminating tipping has proven to give better service, attract more professionals, create less turnover (by far, the most expensive line item in the wage category). No tipping, isn't a policy that will work for everyone, nor everywhere, but it's a signal that while the rules are shifting so are smart restaurateurs. The biggest thing we have now (not in Toledo, though) is a redundancy of "farm to table, hip, rustic, chef driven, mason jar, craft cocktail, house charcuterie" spots. That was always due an adjustment.

posted by ahmahler on Jan 04, 2017 at 06:55:14 am     #  

ahmahler, you had me until craft cocktail.

posted by Johio83 on Jan 04, 2017 at 09:52:33 am     #   1 person liked this

I thought you would read it AM.

Upso, anything under the sun is possible to show up in this thread.

posted by 6th_Floor on Jan 04, 2017 at 12:49:36 pm     #   3 people liked this

Johio83 posted at 09:52:33 AM on Jan 04, 2017:

ahmahler, you had me until craft cocktail.

Huge proponent, but it's turned into everyone's calling card. These days, if you have a full bar and don't offer some version thereof, you are missing a huge profit center.

posted by ahmahler on Jan 04, 2017 at 12:59:11 pm     #  

http://kdvr.com/2017/01/02/your-dining-experience-is-likely-to-change-thanks-to-minimum-wage-increase/

*** The above link contains news from outside Toledo, Ohio.

posted by 6th_Floor on Jan 04, 2017 at 01:07:32 pm     #  

To jump back a few post I heard that there is currently a one bedroom apartment open on St Clair.

posted by In_vin_veritas on Jan 04, 2017 at 01:24:57 pm     #  

6th_Floor posted at 01:07:32 PM on Jan 04, 2017:

http://kdvr.com/2017/01/02/your-dining-experience-is-likely-to-change-thanks-to-minimum-wage-increase/

*** The above link contains news from outside Toledo, Ohio.

Did you want discuss minimum wage as a topic of debate? I'm detecting a trend.

posted by ahmahler on Jan 04, 2017 at 02:55:11 pm     #  

Minimum wage is terrible for both businesses and workers.

I do like the trend of some restaurants moving away from tipping.

posted by 6th_Floor on Jan 04, 2017 at 02:58:27 pm     #  

6th_Floor posted at 02:58:27 PM on Jan 04, 2017:

Minimum wage is terrible for both businesses and workers.

I do like the trend of some restaurants moving away from tipping.

I was joking. I'm not surprised though.

posted by ahmahler on Jan 04, 2017 at 03:43:28 pm     #  

Minimum wage is a boring topic AM.

How about we instead discuss the Philadelphia sugar drink tax and how it affects consumers and businesses?

posted by 6th_Floor on Jan 04, 2017 at 05:19:21 pm     #  

6th, don't give our city council members who may be lurking on this site any suggestions for a new tax:) It isn't on just sugared drinks but also diet soda. Real pisser is that soft drinks purchased on food stamps are exempt from the tax.

In many other countries I have been in, tipping isn't that common or a small flat service fee is added to the bill and minimum wage is a lot higher. However you also see a lot fewer employees in fast food restaurants. Almost every McDonalds I have been at in Europe in the past five years has a touch screen kiosk where you touch your order in, swipe your credit card and pick it up at the counter. Might not be a bad thing seeing I have my food a lot faster than here and the orders don't get messed up

posted by classylady on Jan 04, 2017 at 08:21:06 pm     #  

6th, don't give our city council members who may be lurking on this site any suggestions for a new tax:) It isn't on just sugared drinks but also diet soda. Real pisser is that soft drinks purchased on food stamps are exempt from the tax.

In many other countries I have been in, tipping isn't that common or a small flat service fee is added to the bill and minimum wage is a lot higher. However you also see a lot fewer employees in fast food restaurants. Almost every McDonalds I have been at in Europe in the past five years has a touch screen kiosk where you touch your order in, swipe your credit card and pick it up at the counter. Might not be a bad thing seeing I have my food a lot faster than here and the orders don't get messed up

posted by classylady on Jan 04, 2017 at 08:21:08 pm     #  

In_vin_veritas posted at 01:24:57 PM on Jan 04, 2017:

To jump back a few post I heard that there is currently a one bedroom apartment open on St Clair.

Is this at a complex? Where could I learn more? Thanks so much!

posted by ckbeats21 on Jan 04, 2017 at 08:28:18 pm     #  

Double posts, blames minimum wage workers...

;)

posted by ahmahler on Jan 04, 2017 at 08:31:12 pm     #   1 person liked this

ckbeats21 posted at 08:28:18 PM on Jan 04, 2017:
In_vin_veritas posted at 01:24:57 PM on Jan 04, 2017:

To jump back a few post I heard that there is currently a one bedroom apartment open on St Clair.

Is this at a complex? Where could I learn more? Thanks so much!

For Rent
St. Clair Village Apartments
30 - 48 South St. Clair Street
Kathy Steingraber 419-290-5853

There's the contact info I could find.

posted by In_vin_veritas on Jan 04, 2017 at 08:36:01 pm     #  

6th, don't give our city council members who may be lurking on this site any suggestions for a new tax:) It isn't on just sugared drinks but also diet soda. Real pisser is that soft drinks purchased on food stamps are exempt from the tax.

In many other countries I have been in, tipping isn't that common or a small flat service fee is added to the bill and minimum wage is a lot higher. However you also see a lot fewer employees in fast food restaurants. Almost every McDonalds I have been at in Europe in the past five years has a touch screen kiosk where you touch your order in, swipe your credit card and pick it up at the counter. Might not be a bad thing seeing I have my food a lot faster than here and the orders don't get messed up

posted by classylady on Jan 04, 2017 at 08:49:48 pm     #  

In_vin_veritas posted at 08:36:01 PM on Jan 04, 2017:
ckbeats21 posted at 08:28:18 PM on Jan 04, 2017:
In_vin_veritas posted at 01:24:57 PM on Jan 04, 2017:

To jump back a few post I heard that there is currently a one bedroom apartment open on St Clair.

Is this at a complex? Where could I learn more? Thanks so much!

For Rent
St. Clair Village Apartments

30 - 48 South St. Clair Street

Kathy Steingraber 419-290-5853

There's the contact info I could find.

Thank you!

posted by ckbeats21 on Jan 04, 2017 at 09:38:55 pm     #  

It'll be a sad day in America when a 2 liter of pop is as expensive as a decent pack of smokes.

posted by 6th_Floor on Jan 04, 2017 at 10:58:22 pm     #  

Almost every McDonalds I have been at in Europe in the past five years

You know they have one on the east side.

posted by justread on Jan 04, 2017 at 11:36:37 pm     #   2 people liked this

6th_Floor posted at 10:58:22 PM on Jan 04, 2017:

It'll be a sad day in America when a 2 liter of pop is as expensive as a decent pack of smokes.

Really? This is our metric for heading in the wrong direction?

posted by ahmahler on Jan 05, 2017 at 11:48:26 am     #  

It's a trick. There is no such thing as a decent pack of smokes.

posted by justread on Jan 05, 2017 at 01:54:58 pm     #  

So says Admiral Ackbar.

posted by Mariner on Jan 05, 2017 at 03:58:53 pm     #  

Mariner posted at 03:58:53 PM on Jan 05, 2017:

So says Admiral Ackbar.

*It's a trap

Words matter.

posted by ahmahler on Jan 05, 2017 at 04:40:04 pm     #  

Good enuf for govrn work. Always fubar'ed

posted by Mariner on Jan 05, 2017 at 05:10:48 pm     #  

ahmahler posted at 11:48:26 AM on Jan 05, 2017:
6th_Floor posted at 10:58:22 PM on Jan 04, 2017:

It'll be a sad day in America when a 2 liter of pop is as expensive as a decent pack of smokes.

Really? This is our metric for heading in the wrong direction?

As you mention in many of your posts...it was a joke.

posted by 6th_Floor on Jan 05, 2017 at 05:12:42 pm     #  

"Almost every McDonalds I have been at in Europe in the past five years has a touch screen kiosk where you touch your order in, swipe your credit card and pick it up at the counter. Might not be a bad thing seeing I have my food a lot faster than here and the orders don't get messed up."

How does this prevent the orders from getting messed up? Isn't there still a human putting the wrong sandwich in the bag? Or handing you the wrong bag?

posted by JohnnyMac on Jan 05, 2017 at 08:35:54 pm     #  

Yes, humans are still involved. The kiosks just save management money on the front end. Eventually... sooner than later, it will all be automated.

posted by upso on Jan 05, 2017 at 10:53:28 pm     #  

My problem with fast food orders getting messed up is usually the casher entering the order wrong on the register. With the kiosk if the order gets entered wrong no one to blame but the customer. If there is a customer already there that doesn't know what they want, you simply enter your order on another kiosk and you are on your way instead of waiting in line five minutes for them to make up their mind. They have the kiosks at some coffee shops in San Francisco now and I've seen them at Popeyes at Detroit Airport so it's only a matter of time before they come to US cities that have $12+ an hour minimum wages.

posted by classylady on Jan 06, 2017 at 12:36:15 am     #  

Stopped at Yer Mom's House of Eats for lunch today.

I had the shredded chicken / berry / jalapeno sandwich, wife had the roasted veggie sandwich. We shared a side of homemade bbq chips.

SO so so good. The sandwiches were beautifully pressed, perfectly filled with great stuff, and just delicious. No complaints at all, highly recommended.

posted by endcycle on Jan 06, 2017 at 01:42:30 pm     #  

How was the crowd? I fear that is a doomed location.

posted by upso on Jan 06, 2017 at 03:02:46 pm     #  

small - they don't have much seating. Talking to the staff, sounds like they are trying to build a carryout / delivery business model. I worry about the location too.

posted by endcycle on Jan 06, 2017 at 03:26:28 pm     #  

Has anybody heard that Basin Street Grille on Monroe has closed?
I don't frequent that area.

posted by 6th_Floor on Jan 21, 2017 at 12:42:19 pm     #  

Doors being chained aren't usually a sign of a thriving business...

posted by 6th_Floor on Jan 21, 2017 at 12:45:04 pm     #  

Only went once and hated the experience. Haven't heard anything about it's closing.

posted by upso on Jan 21, 2017 at 08:59:29 pm     #  

I'd been hearing that was imminent since Nick died.

posted by ahmahler on Jan 22, 2017 at 12:24:54 am     #  

I can't believe the place survived 2.5 years, but another one has bit the dust...adios Veritas Cork & Craft .

posted by 6th_Floor on Jan 22, 2017 at 02:51:45 am     #  

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