Why is the city involved with determining is a cheese shop if a good fit for a neighborhood? I see the need for permission to open a toxic waste facility. A train yard? Yes, we need city involvement. Really, anything that is dangerous or even disruptive, but a wine & cheese shop? Get out of town!
Is it weird the Boston Licensing Board determines need? Is it really a good idea for a few politically-powerful, overly-influenced, possibly-juiced-in buttinskis (who make an ass-load of money for a part-time job!) to determine the market. Nicole Ferrer’s assertion that “There really is no market that service this niche,” shouldn’t even be a consideration. Free market determines the need.
This is the same genius-filled board that questioned Allston’s need for a McDonalds that opens early morning:
Board member Suzanne Ianella questioned the need to open that McDonald’s at 5 a.m., saying a neighboring Tedeschis may already sell an Egg McMuffin-like breakfast substance at that hour.
What’s wrong with this broad? It shouldn’t be up to a government board to determine the business needs of a neighborhood and protect existing business from competition. Can’t McDonald’s adequately determine the need themselves? Can’t their patrons determine the need?
Really… What the hell is wrong with these people?
UPDATE: Let’s celebrate! The all-powerful licensing board approved the request.
And a special thank you to Adam at Universal Hub for covering these ridiculous hearings. Ain’t got time and ain’t no way I could remain quiet as these ass-hats continue to mess up the city and its businesses.
Will I go back? Yup. It’s not the nicest place in town, and the menu doesn’t have any real standouts that can’t be had elsewhere, but I still like Leo’s Place. A lot. The food is good, the service is fast, the staff is friendly, and the price is right. Just don’t expect two pound burgers and hubcap-sized pancakes; portions are a throwback to a time when places didn’t serve Cheesecake-Factory-sized portions for obese Americans.
A quick note to the clowns at the bar next door… never mind. I’ll explain some other time.
105 Salem Street
I haven’t been feeling especially inspired recently, but that changed today. In my reader, I found this piece of fried gold from Patrick Maguire in response to Hairplugs Andelman bitching in the
Post Herald about about the unfairness of negative Yelp reviews. Highlights include this gem:
Dave Andelman whining about bullying is the ultimate irony. He’s calling for Yelp to be shut down for bullying when he has a history of bullying and suspect business practices. Dave Andelman is a manipulative fraud: his TV show, token efforts as a “lobbyist,” and personal conduct all betray a contempt for his viewers and the restaurant industry from which he derives his livelihood.
On a Phantom Gourmet paid radio program on 2/12/11, Mike Andelman disparaged a Boston restaurant hostess*, calling her dumb, moronic and a monkey after she denied his request to be seated early, before the dining room opened. Mike also denigrated hostesses as incompetents who can’t do anything else in life. On the same program, Dan also made some inappropriate, sexist comments. After I called Mike and Dan out on this blog, the story was widely circulated, on food blogs, Universal Hub, Chowhound, Yelp and the Boston Globe.
The above quote really doesn’t really pertain to the issue at hand, but it was part of the post reminding everyone what those losers are really like. Even their father, the sports guy Eddie Andleman, was in on the act. Follow the links for the whole story.
And MCslimJB spoke up in yelp, quoted in Patrick’s post:
Dave Andelman is absolutely correct: it is wrong (bordering on criminal) for a business to profit from the propagation of bogus opinions of restaurants by phony critics who have a financial interest in the places they are praising. But as this kind of pay-for-play whoring is the exact business model that Andelman has made a tidy living from with his Phantom Gourmet empire, he’s the most hilariously awful advocate for this argument imaginable. It’s like watching one streetwalker beating up on another sorry chickenhead working girl for trying to work her corner. The Phantom needs to take off his own kneepads first before he slags another business for profiting from opinion prostitution.
Anti-Phantom sentiments make me smile. A special thanks goes out to Patrick and MCslimJB. You guys made my day.