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.
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.
@FUNK... honestly... that's not even close to reality.
Please use data to support your arguments.
I know you can.
I actually liked their schnitzel quite a bit.
But we don't have a diverse market. We have an systemically redlined market.
I mean, if we could get rid of the institutional segregation, businesses like this could thrive.
But we don't. Instead of a ring of neighborhoods united to bring their best to the city core, we have a choking noose of parasitic leech communities seeking to draw as much from the city as they can and give nothing back except their waste.
It's engineered by the state that refuses to allow city/county consolidation and protects spurious tax shelter micro-governments to be this way, and until Nashville gets their wingtipped boot off our neck, this is how it's going to stay.
Wishing you good luck in your new venture. Not only would your father have been proud, he would have been honored. I ate there with him and some of our old crew from our Allstate days and loved it. Can't wait to try your new menu too. See you soon!
Funk, theres room for all in a diverse market.
Ranging from everyday delicacies to more sophisticated combinations as well. I like most all. Okay there's two I really despise, I don't go there any more
Hopefully Andy and David make better BBQ than they made German food.
" Give the least healthy city in the country another scoop of fried Crisco "
Now that is funny
Didn't know this place even existed. Advertising maybe? Clearly word of mouth didn't get the job done.
BP- love the "."
Memphis. Doesn't. Do. Meatloaf and Sushi. On. The. Same. Menu. This. Place. Had. No. Idea. What. It. Was. Doing.
Danzo....if this were the usual and customary "restaurant building", I might agree....but it's not...not even close. I just hope this couple doesn't lose everything due to some bad advise and misguided effort...
Y'all are nuts. Memphis supports a bunch of upscale restaurants from the one in the Peabody to the places the celeb chefs run downtown and around Brookhaven. Restaurant buildings all go through a bunch of attempts before something works. STFU.
Sorry for the repeat.
Yep, Memphis is a dump. Always has been, always will be. You can't sell quality in a dump. That's why as soon as opportunity knocks to get out of here, people jump like rats from a sinking ship. Give the least healthy city in the country another scoop of fried Crisco.
Memphis. Doesn't. Do. Upscale.
Stop it. Stop it. Stop it.
We don't do upscale, we don't like upscale, upscale doesn't work here, we don't like the kind of people upscale attracts, and we will actively sabotage anything that attempts to be upscale.
This is Memphis. We don't take kindly to the ruling class, never have, never will. Our whole history has been as a place of refuge for the underprivileged to escape the predations of the rich.
You wanna do upscale? Go to Europe. Go to NY. Go to LA. Don't do it here.
We have socialized utilities. You don't get that in a place for rich people. The rich will not come here, nor would they be welcome if they did, nor should they even if they took the foolish inclination too do so.
We're famous for humble food, like barbecue, catfish, fried chicken, greens, cornbread, etc. You can't get away with that foreign stuff when the local stuff is this good. Folks from Memphis ain't buying no Emperor's clothes on a plate. When Memphis people pay top dollar for food, they expect plenty of it.
How many fortunes must be lost before these business owners step down off their high horses and serve the people what they want, how they want it?
The Red Fish Bistro has always been good as far as food/service go, but this building is so over the top for the likes of it. This is so sad, but, unfortunately, was so predictable. This couple wanted to originally bulldoze this building, and put up another one, more suitable for "Red Fish"...but June climbed in their heads, and they're left with, no doubt, crippling debt, and a building that is far more than they need. I wish they would try to use it as a formal venue rental space, but I'm sure they're looking for a daily source of income to pay off the debt. I hope an organization with some money (obviously NOT Memphis Heritage) will step in with a plan. Such an f-ing shame...
I can not believe it took this long.
This reminds me why I was such a crappy bartender.
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