I want to update you on a couple posts that were written here last week.
Jeff wrote a piece about a poster/map located on 7th street between Race and Elm promoting restaurants in the area. We went down to take a picture of it.
Of the nine listed, four are closed.
Aioli has been long gone. The building is still vacant.
Mullane’s – what? – closed for two years now? I think it was my favorite downtown restaurant and I still miss it. And yeah, the place is still vacant.
Poppie’s Deli had great sandwiches. They closed in the summer. The building is still vacant.
Redfish: Closed this past summer with employees receiving no notice. The building is still . . . well, you know the rest.
With these four restaurants closed, the poster could have been updated with four other restaurants in the area like Bella, Za, Barrycorn’s or House of Sun. No wait; these restaurants are also closed with nothing else going inside.
See a pattern here?
Here’s an update on the so-called smoking ban.
This past Friday, I went into Madonna’s on 7th street to see if the ashtrays were still on the tables and bar. Yes indeed they were and all customers were happy about it. With no rules or procedures to enforce the new law, it’s business as usual.
Welcome to The Queen City.