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Re: “Social Restaurant & Wine Bar closing after eight years

Leslie, as a small business expert, how many restaurants do you have in your ownership portfolio?

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Posted by edgarallenslaw on July 20, 2015 at 3:16 PM

Re: “Social Restaurant & Wine Bar closing after eight years

^^True that! Gotta agree with you Leslie, you can almost smell the Paula Deen. However its because of his location that he will have to change. His clientele are now dining and imbibing on upper King and marching westward and they are fickle little bastards, too lazy to troop down to his location because they suffer from severe herd mentality and can't be parted from the flock. Brad is quite right about in order to survive he must go with the flow of his area and right now the flow says Toledo. I hate the restaurant business (with a passion) and I'm in it. My family has made an awful lot of money from it and I still hate it. Hahahahaha. Invest, sell, reinvest, sell, reinvest. In today's world, if passion was all it takes there would be a lot more successful restaurateurs, unfortunately today, most of the time its all about the location, branding and marketing. Build it, market it, know when its time to jump off, sell it when its hot (or sell yourself - cookbooks, shows, etc), reinvent and reinvest. Just another business. I know a lot of fabulous cooks who have immense passion and incredible talent but they simply are not good businessmen, just great chefs. I will drive 50 miles to go to a unheard of godforsaken dive because of a talented cook or a great meal someone told me about but the rest of the herd? Naaaaabaaaa.

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Posted by CIACulinaryKid on July 20, 2015 at 3:12 PM

Re: “The Agenda: Arrests after Columbia KKK rally; Bloomberg-backed group pushing for gun loophole fix; Haley affected by Emanuel shooting

Were those arrests made on white or black folk? About 4:40 PM at the corner of Assembly and Gervais, I witnessed and my wife photographed a mob of 30 blacks (and one white girl) streaming down both sides of assembly, throwing chunks of rock at a young white man, hitting multiple cars in traffic. I was using my cane to lipm along and had to stop in the middle of Assembly as the group fled past me, whereupon the white man fell and the gang jumped on him, hitting and kicking the man on the ground, cowards that they were. He was bloodied and battered and his wallet was stolen. A shirtless black youth and the white girl ran away laughing, with some trophy in their hands. People were handing out African flags and many were the shouts of "Black Power".

I compared that with the 'Charleston Strong' rallies and the Columbia rallies were actually a win for the KKK and a lose for the NAACP and the New Black Panthers from Jacksonville. I do not think that the Emmanuel 9 or Dr. King would have wanted the vulgar display of foul language, lewd and suggestive comments and violence that came from the black community. The Klan, made their presence shown, then dispersed and matters went downhill without them there. But there is one problem...the image of the rally being pressed to the world is that of a black trooper helping an old National Socialist into the shade. Not the pictures I have (and offered the police, who have not called me yet) that show a lone white man being beaten by a group of jackals. I would have been as outrages had it been a black man being set upon by a group of whites. Hate is wrong. Injustice is wrong. Using the press for a planned purpose is also wrong!

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Posted by SunKing on July 20, 2015 at 3:11 PM

Re: “Jason Isbell gives Charleston some love with ‘Palmetto Rose’

Isbell is the definition of great, and I do mean G R E A T talent!

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Posted by Los Super Saturn on July 20, 2015 at 3:07 PM

Re: “Social Restaurant & Wine Bar closing after eight years

How do these restaurant people keep getting loans in this town? Awards for excellence and culinary creativity, master chef recognition, and special mention by critics in national publications are not exactly what pays the bills...

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Posted by Los Super Saturn on July 20, 2015 at 2:54 PM

Re: “Social Restaurant & Wine Bar closing after eight years

This sounds like the worst reason ever to close a restaurant and open another. He sounds not at all excited by this prospect, but "we'll do something Southern." You can practically hear the *sigh* at the end. Do something well, be passionate, and it should thrive in downtown Charleston. The people to space ratio makes it easier to find a specific niche. Hell, how many people are already doing something Southern for the older tourists? Talk about moving to a small pond. Thousands of people are moving to Charleston and every year, new college students move in...cater to that crowd.

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Posted by Leslie Pearson on July 20, 2015 at 2:08 PM

Re: “It will take more than goodwill to heal this state

"The true impact of a higher minimum wage isn’t just a raise for minimum-wage earners. It’s essentially an across-the-board wage hike for just about everyone who gets paid by the hour."

And a dramatic pay cut to those who are at the bottom who will no longer be employed. I will be looking forward to dining in your Charleston restaurant that pays everyone $15 per hour and has prices comparable to all of the other ones. It should last about a week.

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Posted by nofaith on July 20, 2015 at 9:51 AM

Re: “Stegelin: The Trump primary

"He lumped all South-of-the-Border immigrants as Mexicans..."

It's always nice to be reminded that South of the Border™ continues to thrive.

Pedro no do no quitting. Stronger than ever.

Just spent two weeks there with Mrs. Pronghorn.

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Posted by Pronghorn on July 20, 2015 at 9:41 AM

Re: “The Beach Co.'s Sgt. Jasper appeal is a long shot

Fuck off, Dwayne.

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Posted by Pronghorn on July 20, 2015 at 9:39 AM
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