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Re: “Support your neighborhood cafe, or you may lose it

Coming from NYC and being in the food business, 88% of restaurants go out of business in the first year. It's a very difficult business as we all know. I do agree we should support our neighborhood food joints. I hate Starbucks. We can't compare downtown restaurants to the out lying neighborhood restaurants. I never ate at Park Cafe because I didn't live in the area. But, from reading the posts, it seems they lost sight of who they were. They forgot the locals. You can't do that. I had been to Rutledge Cab Company and, I agree, not the same. Don't fix something that isn't broke. In fact I had a bad experience there. There were 5 of us and one ordered the dessert fondue. They had cut up fruit, pretzel and macaroons. I took one taste of the macaroon and told everyone not to eat it! It tasted off! I asked the waitress to come over and told her it had a weird taste. Like a pickle. ( I hv my degree in Pastry). So she goes to the kitchen and finds out that the staff stored the macaroons in the savory bins, and it was where the pickles were. She apologized. But I thought, how many people had eaten that the way it was!!!!
Point being? No one cares. And as someone pointed out, hard to find good people. I worked in NYC restaurants, and I know.

But, you have restaurants like 5 Loaves that is always busy. Why? Neighborhood place. Great, straight forward food. They cater to the neighborhood. Lost Dog out on Folly Beach. Yes, busy during the season. But, they are pretty busy off season. Great, straight forward food.

I say to myself, why don't we have more places like that? Why not a Greek Diner? I lived on James Island and there was not a decent place to go to. Actually Crust is pretty good. And they have managed to stay in business. I'm now living temporarily in West Ashley and there is nothing! At least to my liking. Ok, I went to 5 Guys for a burger. Big deal. Panera's? These are chains. Starbucks? Yeah, there is one off Sam Rittenberg. But are there any really good neighborhood restaurants? No. And, I'll be moving to John's Island. Forget that. Wild Olive and Fat Hen( which I don't like at all). Wild Olive is ok. But that is it! It's a gold mine out there and rents are still decent.

So the person who posted: good food, good prices and good service is doable. But, I would add consistency. If I love a certain dish, I want to know that every time I go, it's going to be the same.

In Manhattan, there are restaurants that have been in business for 30-35 years. There is a reason for that.

Posted by lynnar on June 25, 2017 at 1:28 PM

Re: “Support your neighborhood cafe, or you may lose it

Ultimately, when talking about successful restaurants, there are at least three key markers: good food, good service and fair prices. Rodney Scott BBQ is successful because it meets (at least) two of the three (and, arguably the two most important: fair prices and good food quality). I think that if a restaurant wants to be successful, they can make up the difference in income from charging less for better quality food by the higher volume of customers this inevitably produces. It's risk/reward math, and I think it's the sure bet that can survive the ebbs and flows of our community's economic vitality.

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Posted by Matthew Doszkocs on June 24, 2017 at 7:33 PM

Re: “Chef Patrick Owens pairs a raw bar and pizza at his new Wood and Grain restaurant

The food was simply amazing and the ambiance would be a perfect place for a casual date night! Well done!

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Posted by Erin Lorick Pesavento on June 24, 2017 at 6:26 PM

Re: “Charleston food and bev design trend spotting: Shipping containers

Way cool. Brings homage to the history of Charleston's ports as well. Luv, Luv!

Posted by Kaye Shaffer on June 24, 2017 at 4:14 PM

Re: “Gentry Bar & Room packs flavor, but lacks focus

The name alone speaks of confused identity. Bar & Room? What kind of room? What does one do in said Room? What does it mean?

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Posted by Riverside on June 24, 2017 at 1:52 PM

Re: “The Charleston RiverDogs expertly trolled Tim Tebow all weekend

Lots of delicate snowflakes in this thread in need of a safe space.

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Posted by Ron Liberte on June 23, 2017 at 8:01 PM

Re: “Stegelin: Come together... Right now?

Completely fake cooperation the Democrats actually are glad or some of them were glad that scalise actually was shot look at the news

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Posted by John Byram on June 23, 2017 at 6:47 PM

Re: “Rutledge Cab Co. offers up a hearty take on the doughnut burger, but is it worth the experience?

Hilarious, entertaining writing....you have to be a nutritional kamikaze to even think about ingesting a gut-bomb like the Glazed and Confused ....but Dustin Water's article gives warning!

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Posted by terese s. shelton on June 23, 2017 at 5:26 PM

Re: “The Charleston RiverDogs expertly trolled Tim Tebow all weekend

To a Evangelical Christian mocking their faith , or what you call "good natured ribbing " is the same thing as someone making comments about your wife or daughter in a salacious manner . You just don't do it if you have any decency or class. And then apologizing afterwards when the person knows that none of you mean it. That's slap in the face #2.

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Posted by Marilyn Lewis on June 23, 2017 at 5:06 PM

Re: “7 ways to sweat this Summer

Thanks for reading and at least thinking about trying a sweaty endeavor! To clarify the Buti bit: no Charleston teacher said that quote! It is sexy but it's not all sex, plenty of other reasons to love that way to sweat.

Posted by Enid Rosalyn Spitz on June 23, 2017 at 3:56 PM

Re: “Gentry Bar & Room packs flavor, but lacks focus

Agree - we actually really enjoyed our food but felt like we were eating a nice dinner in a sports bar? I had somewhat low expectations for the food though and was pleasantly surprised. The salmon and the Sides of carrots and macaroni were all excellent.

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Posted by C OB on June 23, 2017 at 2:08 PM

Re: “Charleston city leaders clash over specialized audit for racial bias in police department

Kudos to Councilman Keith Waring for standing up! In this day and time, not having effective representation on important committees to reflect constituents/voters in Charleston County is disappointing, Mr. Mayor. Operative words:. Efective, representation, voters.

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Posted by Wilma Bryan Sykes-Brown on June 23, 2017 at 12:41 PM

Re: “Support your neighborhood cafe, or you may lose it

The neighborhood cafes have to be comepetitive with all the big name restaurants I order to get any kind of labor help. That is the biggest problem in this industry now. There are too many restaurants opening and not enough back bone to support. ALL the restaurants are crying for help. Both front and back of the house. It's a big bidding war to get kitchen help. That's what's upping the prices on your menu. The labor!!!

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Posted by KC 1 on June 23, 2017 at 11:57 AM

Re: “First-time candidate announces Democratic challenge to Mark Sanford by standing against Nancy Pelosi

This article NOT once lists what are some of the Policy positions of this Mr. Cunningham!
And there is the problem in USA, Republicans and Democrats run on Shtick that:
"They are against career politicians..." and not much else.

When the FACTS are that: Republicans: Trump, Ted Crazy, etc. are either complete lunatics or WORSE! And Obama/Clinton Democrats are a FRAUD.

About TEAPublicans being lunatics: ABSOLUTE proof of this comes from conservative parties in Europe, Canada, Australia, Israel, etc., because ALL these Conservative parties are 100% for their Government run Universal Socialized Healthcare (NHS), what Republicans call "Socialism" or "Communism" and oppose. So either ALL Conservative parties in Europe, Canada, Australia, Israel, etc. are "Socialists or Communists" or Republicans in US are complete lunatics. AND why ALL Conservative parties in Europe, Canada, Australia, Israel, etc. are all 100% for their NHS? Because it SAVES 50% on cost of health care while giving health care to all their People (FREE) for Taxes they pay.

About Obama FRAUD: ABSOLUTE proof of this comes from them passing a Healthcare plan proposed by Ultra right-wing of the Republican party (aka Heritage Foundation), which plan lead to RomneyCare, but it is NOT even as Socialized as RomneyCare! As a result of which Healthcare plan Obama passed has made little improvement in the catastrophe that Healthcare was and is for 100-Million+ Americans.

Yet Republicans & Wall Street Media are playing such Con Job on US, to call this plan they proposed, a watered down version of which Obama Fraud passed, this exact opposite of NHS, to be "Socialism"!

For more: http://www.realnewspost.org/sa.php?a=34034
Or Google or Anoox:
Why all Conservative parties, in Europe, Canada, Australia, Israel, etc. are all 100% for their NHS

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Posted by Dean Major on June 23, 2017 at 10:31 AM

Re: “Support your neighborhood cafe, or you may lose it

I definitely agree about how important it is to support your neighborhood businesses. But I also agree with those who say businesses need to identify with the community they are serving. The last time I had dinner at Park Cafe was well over a year ago. We were the only ones there, the dinner was fine, but not stellar, and we paid as much as dinner at FIG or HUSK would have been. That just doesn't compute. The setting and ambiance are low-end casual dining and that's what the menu should reflect. I think they turned away a lot of us early on, with the high dinner prices, a la carte menu items at lunch (making it hard to spend less than $20 per person unless you just eat avocado toast) and not very good coffee that was a buck more than any other coffee shop around.
I applaud their local focus on parking lot attractions, etc., but the menu seriously needs to reflect the neighborhood. And by the way, not all of us who live nearby are renters paying insane rent and mortgages. Some of us have been here a long time and would love to support an affordable neighborhood cafe.

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Posted by Riverside on June 23, 2017 at 10:25 AM

Re: “Gentry Bar & Room packs flavor, but lacks focus

It seems like it is a "Whiles Only" establishment. For every time I walk by I only see Republican type WASPS only!

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Posted by Dean Major on June 23, 2017 at 10:23 AM

Re: “The Charleston RiverDogs expertly trolled Tim Tebow all weekend

What kind of POS reporter actually takes joy in that classlessness? What a complete loser

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Posted by Kyle Butler on June 23, 2017 at 10:20 AM

Re: “The Charleston RiverDogs expertly trolled Tim Tebow all weekend

Yep, a jab at Tebow is a swipe at Jesus

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Posted by Ima Oldman on June 23, 2017 at 9:59 AM

Re: “The Charleston RiverDogs expertly trolled Tim Tebow all weekend

I'm not an avid baseball fan...but I was totally impressed with the "apologies" of all of the Riverdog Fans who expressed their sincere apologies on behalf of the city AND the team. Those of you who did....are the real class acts here....Right along with Tim Teebow. His faith is ALWAYS an inspiration....and so are the Riverdog fans that care enough to offer their class act apologies.

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Posted by KatyBug Frodin on June 23, 2017 at 9:27 AM

Re: “Gentry Bar & Room packs flavor, but lacks focus

"A man staring at one of the many television screens suddenly screams out in a calamitous manner." This line could describe dozens of 'new' establishments in Charleston. I know that I am far too quickly becoming an old lady, but I sure do miss the genteel Sermet's. For those ladies and gents that like to lunch, there are fewer and fewer places to go.

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Posted by Kimberly Hogan Hambric on June 23, 2017 at 8:45 AM
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