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Comment Archives: Stories: Food & Drink

Re: “Izakaya to Close

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....

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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: “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.

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

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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

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

Re: “Izakaya to Close

@FUNK... honestly... that's not even close to reality.
Please use data to support your arguments.
I know you can.

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Posted by OakTree on 04/19/2017 at 8:29 AM

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

I actually liked their schnitzel quite a bit.

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Posted by OakTree on 04/19/2017 at 8:18 AM

Re: “Izakaya to Close

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.

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Posted by FUNKbrs on 04/19/2017 at 7:57 AM

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

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!

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Posted by Katherine Harwood Everett on 04/19/2017 at 7:07 AM

Re: “Izakaya to Close

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

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Posted by datGuy on 04/18/2017 at 9:42 PM

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

Hopefully Andy and David make better BBQ than they made German food.


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Posted by datGuy on 04/18/2017 at 9:35 PM

Re: “Izakaya to Close

" Give the least healthy city in the country another scoop of fried Crisco "

Now that is funny

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Posted by datGuy on 04/18/2017 at 9:13 PM

Re: “Izakaya to Close

Didn't know this place even existed. Advertising maybe? Clearly word of mouth didn't get the job done.

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Posted by IRgEEK on 04/18/2017 at 5:52 PM

Re: “Izakaya to Close

BP- love the "."

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Posted by barf on 04/18/2017 at 3:51 PM

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