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Re: “Memphis Census News is Troubling

@barf

Agreed, the suburban ring around Detroit being a prime example. In my little burg, the lack of housing is the major factor stifling growth. There have not been many new houses built out here since the recession, although our Aldermen have recently approved development of another 800 lots. Hence, houses don't stay on the market here for very long at all. That would be the first thing to consider when evaluating growth here. As far as I can tell, no one is complaining about the our quality of life and I don't think we are in any sort of competition with the suburbs in Atlanta or Nashville.

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Posted by ArlingtonPop on 04/19/2017 at 3:53 PM

Re: “Memphis Census News is Troubling

AP- The quality of life for both "locations" can be dependent on each other. However, there are many urbanized areas in the US where the central city's economy and/or population are stagnant or in decline, yet the suburban ring is excelling at attracting both residents and employers.

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Posted by barf on 04/19/2017 at 3:44 PM

Re: “Izakaya to Close

Mary,
In general, I am not concerned with whether my comments are liked or disliked. The inability to appreciate context and realize certain subtleties is as much (if not more) a criticism of the reader as it is the author. If one stamps satire as such just so everyone can play along, it ceases to be satirical.

Maybe not being quite so concerned with comments associated with an article would help reduce the angst this situation has generated.

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Posted by barf on 04/19/2017 at 3:36 PM

Re: “Izakaya to Close

Sorry, @barf - if you have to explain it, then it wasn't a very successful attempt a humor or sarcasm. Based on the number of dislikes of your comment, clearly others took yours at face value as well. Maybe a direct reply @FUNK would have helped relate the comments. Otherwise it just exists in a, er, sous vide?

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Posted by Mary Ost on 04/19/2017 at 2:56 PM

Re: “Izakaya to Close

Mary,
Consider the post to which you are referring and its relation to the comment from Funk which immediately preceded my own. Now imagine a satirical spotlight being cast in the same direction. Get it?

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Posted by barf on 04/19/2017 at 2:37 PM

Re: “Izakaya to Close

@barf - Memphis is a dump and you can't sell quality here, huh? Weird you run your own dining blog if your opinion is that everything here is such crap. I'm sure the restaurants you patronize would LOVE to know your true feelings about their businesses....

http://diningwithmonkeys.blogspot.com/

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Posted by Mary Ost on 04/19/2017 at 1:35 PM

Re: “UberEATS Entering Memphis Market

One way this will be different is that Uber drivers will already be available for it and are paid per run. Take Out Taxi had to have people on the clock just in case an order came in. Which meant that they were just hanging out (making an hourly wage) and waiting for a phone call to come in and then they would have to figure out how to best time out a delivery.
Plus in the 90s you could get pizza or chinese food delivered without a delivery charge. Now, a delivery fee is pretty common so people don't balk at paying $6 to get something better delivered.

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Posted by nobody on 04/19/2017 at 12:52 PM

Re: “Building Frenzy Promises Hotel on Beale, Town Houses in Cooper Young, & More

I would like to see that monstrous apartment complex in southeast Memphis, now called the Madison knocked down. It is a crime incubator.

I am a live and let live kind of guy, but apartment complexes need to be limited in units for the sake of the surrounding home owners.

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Posted by LoveBC on 04/19/2017 at 12:46 PM

Re: “Murder Rates Are Still Down, Property Crime Rates Are Still Up in Memphis

The numbers are looking bad for the administration. They may need to start talking about digging up the dead general on Union to divert the attention span of this city.

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Posted by LoveBC on 04/19/2017 at 12:39 PM

Re: “State Investigation Finds Shifty Business in Oakland

Is there going to be a part where the mayor flew to Dallas on the taxpayers dime to sell a Greyhound bus terminal?

Posted by LoveBC on 04/19/2017 at 12:36 PM

Re: “UberEATS Entering Memphis Market

How is this different from the failed "Take-Out Taxi" business from the 90s? The restaurants didn't really make the To-Go orders a priority. It would mean long wait / delivery times and your order was often cold or incorrect. It's a good idea, but the businesses weren't /aren't incentivized to provide the same service as to dine in guests.

Posted by Joe King on 04/19/2017 at 12:07 PM

Re: “Levitt Shell Announces 2017 Lineup

Great line up this season. I hope all can get out to enjoy the venue and the setting in Overton Park. Who knows how long it will last with the zoo and the city council doing all they can to turn it into a parking lot.

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Posted by Clyde on 04/19/2017 at 12:05 PM

Re: “Izakaya to Close

The sky ain't blue when it's raining, no matter what the poets want you to believe.

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Posted by OakTree on 04/19/2017 at 10:44 AM

Re: “Izakaya to Close

I could easily quote a source to say the sky is blue, but why would I? Anyone with a pair of eyes can see it's blue if they're willing to look.

Posted by FUNKbrs on 04/19/2017 at 10:35 AM

Re: “Izakaya to Close

Izakaya was the prototypical Pearls before Swine.

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Posted by Long Duck Dong on 04/19/2017 at 10:28 AM

Re: “Izakaya to Close

First, if you sink $2.17 million in renovations on a building, you better have a real strong marketing and finance plan to make it work. That plan would include cash, liquidity, moolah for the one to three years that Oak Tree mentioned. After start-up capital, working capital keeps the doors open. They didn't make it through six months. They have only been open since January. They are experienced restauranteurs.

If you include Central Gardens, Overton Square, Mud Island and downtown there should be enough people to support such a venture but of course, a 16,000 square foot building would clearly mean that this is a lot of tables to turn. I thought about all of these things as I heard about it, saw the construction and thought these would have to be very rich people to lose the amount of money at the start in order to win.

I'm sorry that they didn't make it and I wish them well. I have, and continue, to eat at New Hunan. I've eaten there since it first opened. I'm sure that the income from their other ventures was used for the construction loan. I will never understand how their business plan didn't consider total cost necessary to succeed. At least keep the doors open for a minimum of two years.

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Posted by 1Memphomaniac on 04/19/2017 at 10:05 AM
Posted by OakTree on 04/19/2017 at 9:57 AM

Re: “Schweinehaus to Become Stanley Bar-B-Que

Cool. I hope they'll still keep a little of the German food on the menu.

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Posted by nobody on 04/19/2017 at 9:54 AM

Re: “Izakaya to Close

A New Orleans restaurateur told me that it takes 7 years or longer to establish one and have a chance to survive. That time frame is somewhat shorter here. I ate there once and had a great meal. Hopefully, the new place will be able to take advantage of the awesome facilities.

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Posted by Clyde on 04/19/2017 at 9:45 AM

Re: “Izakaya to Close

As far as the restaurant goes, to get back on topic, it is my opinion that they just haven't refined their product, and given it enough time to succeed. You have to be capitalized for 1-3 years in any business to adjust to the market and carve out your niche. They still have potential to make a go of it, but they have to refine their idea. Utilizing the inherent capacities of the building for other income generation is also pretty much necessary, when you decide to pull an historic transformation project together.

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Posted by OakTree on 04/19/2017 at 8:33 AM

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