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Offline Ms. Jackson

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Re: Announcing a Little Jackson Heights Restaurant
« Reply #180 on: July 16, 2015, 03:04:44 PM »
FYI, that is not a new pharmacy opening near Table Wine. That's B&B Pharmacy, which is currently on the next block (37th between 80th and 81st), moving due to high rents. B&B has been in the neighborhood for a long time, and always provides friendly, caring service. When I returned home from the hospital after having my daughter by c-section, my mother went there to fill a prescription for me, the pharmacist, Elena Bover, sent a care package of baby products home as a gift. They are valued community members, IMO.

Excellent to know! Thanks for sharing.

Offline Crabby_Appleton

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Re: Announcing a Little Jackson Heights Restaurant
« Reply #181 on: July 16, 2015, 06:36:15 PM »
Thanks, Ro—that's great to hear. 

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Re: Announcing a Little Jackson Heights Restaurant
« Reply #182 on: July 16, 2015, 09:44:07 PM »
Good news.

Long meeting with the gentleman, also from the theater world, who is in charge of the lighting for the restaurant. His ideas are wonderful.

Also, we're in discussions with a sculptor who may do some works that are integrated into the restaurant. She is extremely talented and has an international reputation. If this comes together, it is thrilling.

I'd like to point out, given a couple of recent posts, that I will be the chef/patron. There are a number of investors, one of whom has said things in the past to which two or three of you take exception. He is not in the restaurant business, he is entitled to his opinion, and he expressed the opinions in question before he became an investor. Indeed, his view that Jackson Heights can support an alternative - and I stress the word alternative - to what is currently available, is why he is backing up his opinion with actual cash that will help make this restaurant happen and create jobs in Jackson Heights.

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Re: Announcing a Little Jackson Heights Restaurant
« Reply #183 on: July 16, 2015, 10:36:50 PM »
I think we should all move on and just look forward to having a restaurant that is owned by someone who seems passionate about providing a positive dining experience for us.  The best way to say thank you is by supporting a business such as this.  Stew, I am sorry for my part in stirring the pot.  Please let us know when the public hearing for your liquor license is scheduled before the community board.  Support from neighbors is important and I for one would like to show up and speak on your behalf.

Offline hfm

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Re: Announcing a Little Jackson Heights Restaurant
« Reply #184 on: July 16, 2015, 11:27:42 PM »
Here's the point. I've been, for a long, long time, having and cultivating great relationships with local area restaurateurs and business owners around where I live. Yes, I know it's in their best interest to be kind and put on a good face for their business. But we're talking getting invited to private parties with the staff, buying gifts for their kids at times, basically a feeling that we're good friends, almost family in some cases. I'm not naive, but it truly is a good feeling to feel like when you're patronizing a local place that they actually act like they care about the hood, and you and your family.

I've never seen the likes of this, ever. It's baffling, and frankly extremely telling. I don't even know how to make any sense of it. I'll try it, and see if the in-person experience is much better. If it isn't, it definitely won't be around for long in a place like JH. Sometimes things just come out wrong in writing and can be much better in person. But really. You need to stop. Do a reset. Fast.

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Re: Announcing a Little Jackson Heights Restaurant
« Reply #185 on: July 16, 2015, 11:34:00 PM »
Hi queenskid2,

Thanks for your support. We're having a lot of fun with this.

One reason is that instead of going with a restaurant interior designer, we're working with theater designers. They know what they're doing, they're inventive, and they're fun to work with.

Three days ago, we hired the woman who builds the sets for an iconic US TV show to build our banquette. Yes, we want custom rather than restaurant supply. We think that she's going to do a great job.

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Re: Announcing a Little Jackson Heights Restaurant
« Reply #186 on: July 17, 2015, 01:21:40 AM »
Here's the point.

I've never seen the likes of this, ever. It's baffling... I don't even know how to make any sense of it.

You have made it clear, repeatedly, that you don't like what we are doing. Which is totally cool. There are lots of other restaurants in Jackson Heights that you say you would not only be happier with, but that treat you like family.
« Last Edit: July 17, 2015, 01:33:51 AM by Stew »

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Re: Announcing a Little Jackson Heights Restaurant
« Reply #187 on: July 17, 2015, 10:31:48 AM »
Here's a thought, sort of related to the 'reboot' idea.

Stew, why not consider starting a new, clean slate thread related to the opening of your restaurant? 

I suspect that that with the right tone, many of those who have been turned off by the negativity displayed on this thread would be willing to forgive and forget, move on and become once again potential patrons.

With any luck, this one will then sink into the mire.
« Last Edit: July 17, 2015, 10:42:35 AM by ptbass75 »

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Re: Announcing a Little Jackson Heights Restaurant
« Reply #188 on: July 17, 2015, 10:50:19 AM »
stew:

no one KNOWS what you're doing, aside from pitching a fit about the (admittedly byzantine) rules about liquor licenses and community boards, and the hurdles every restaurant owner in new york city has had to surmount for decades. it's not as if there's a secret handshake that's allowed every single one of your peers to have info you don't have, after all.

your wild, over-the-top, me-against-the world reaction to this makes me wonder what will happen when, God forbid, someone criticizes the food coming out of the kitchen. i know, i know, no soup for me.

Quote from: hfm link=topic=13168.msg64315#msingg64315 date=1437103662
Here's the point.

I've never seen the likes of this, ever. It's baffling... I don't even know how to make any sense of it.

You have made it clear, repeatedly, that you don't like what we are doing. Which is totally cool. There are lots of other restaurants in Jackson Heights that you say you would not only be happier with, but that treat you like family.

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Re: Announcing a Little Jackson Heights Restaurant
« Reply #189 on: July 18, 2015, 11:10:33 AM »
not that it matters, but if you look back in this thread, i expressed great interest in stew's place, and still believe the food is likely to be exemplary. but, as he correctly notes, details like music, lighting, decor are all extremely important to the dining out experience. i'd add attitude to that list.

[Moderator's note: A new thread has been created for Swim Two Birds.  This discussion will continue there.  We're closing off this thread, which has grown quite long.]
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Re: Announcing a Little Jackson Heights Restaurant
« Reply #189 on: July 18, 2015, 11:10:33 AM »