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Offline ljr

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Re: Coming Soon: Swim Two Birds
« Reply #165 on: April 25, 2016, 10:25:53 PM »
It's been radio silence for months and no activity. I inquired of someone who should know, and was told that there is some sort of violation, not in that storefront but in the building housing it, and the DOB has halted the work. That's what I heard a couple of weeks ago when I asked that person, who did not elaborate beyond that.

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Re: Coming Soon: Swim Two Birds
« Reply #166 on: May 06, 2016, 05:35:13 PM »
It's been radio silence for months and no activity. I inquired of someone who should know, and was told that there is some sort of violation, not in that storefront but in the building housing it, and the DOB has halted the work. That's what I heard a couple of weeks ago when I asked that person, who did not elaborate beyond that.

Clearly, this restaurant will never open. Too bad. 

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Re: Coming Soon: Swim Two Birds
« Reply #167 on: May 07, 2016, 02:15:00 AM »
I don't know, Stew seems pretty determined.  I'm hoping all the issues will be resolved, Swim Two Birds would be a great addition to the neighborhood.

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Re: Coming Soon: Swim Two Birds
« Reply #168 on: May 07, 2016, 08:26:50 AM »
I don't know, Stew seems pretty determined.  I'm hoping all the issues will be resolved, Swim Two Birds would be a great addition to the neighborhood.

When was the last time that Stew said anything about the restaurant opening or any progress being made?

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Re: Coming Soon: Swim Two Birds
« Reply #169 on: May 07, 2016, 01:30:39 PM »
he's gone silent here because of the many skirmishes, but there've been no updates at all on the restaurant's social media, nor any evidence of work on the space (i live down the block and pass it at least twice a day). that's not encouraging, although i've seen embryonic restaurants go dormant for months at a time before sprinting to the finish.

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Re: Coming Soon: Swim Two Birds
« Reply #170 on: May 07, 2016, 02:29:13 PM »
although i've seen embryonic restaurants go dormant for months at a time before sprinting to the finish.

oh please oh please oh please be twue.

not likely alas. 

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Re: Coming Soon: Swim Two Birds
« Reply #171 on: May 07, 2016, 07:41:37 PM »
Regardless of wether it opens or not, there's a story to be told here. Doing business is not easy here in Jackson Heights and that's why we've not seen the independently owned community centric stores open like in Williamsburg or Bushwick.

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Re: Coming Soon: Swim Two Birds
« Reply #172 on: May 07, 2016, 08:18:00 PM »
Yet small restaurants seem to spring up all the time here. I'm thinking of Saw Shack and Oceanic Boil (that took a long time) and Emoji Burger and the new Teriyaki take out place that seems close to opening and the Japanese place on 37th near 76th and the place that preceded the planned Swim Two Birds in that space. And all the many, many sports bars up and down 37th. Yet certain projects just seem to encounter barrier after barrier after barrier. Do you have to have some sort of "in"with someone to get things working?

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Re: Coming Soon: Swim Two Birds
« Reply #173 on: May 07, 2016, 09:08:05 PM »
Yet small restaurants seem to spring up all the time here. I'm thinking of Saw Shack and Oceanic Boil (that took a long time) and Emoji Burger and the new Teriyaki take out place that seems close to opening and the Japanese place on 37th near 76th and the place that preceded the planned Swim Two Birds in that space. And all the many, many sports bars up and down 37th. Yet certain projects just seem to encounter barrier after barrier after barrier. Do you have to have some sort of "in"with someone to get things working?

Do those places have liquor licenses?

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Re: Coming Soon: Swim Two Birds
« Reply #174 on: May 08, 2016, 12:19:26 AM »
I have to wonder if the predominant holdup was a liquor license, which, according to the many posts made by the proprietor seemed to be the issue, had he made a different business decision to continue construction as planned and open up while waiting to get the liquor license would we have already seen this restaurant in existence.   Stew seemed  dead set on not opening a restaurant until the liquor license was granted.  If things had been done differently from a managerial perspective would this now be a neighborhood success story rather than a big question mark as to whether it will ever come to be.

Small business issues aside, I wonder if the predominant problem was based upon rookie mistakes being made.

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Re: Coming Soon: Swim Two Birds
« Reply #175 on: May 08, 2016, 08:58:02 AM »
had he made a different business decision to continue construction as planned and open up while waiting to get the liquor license would we have already seen this restaurant in existence. 

rookie mistakes... or a blustering demeanor?

Stew needed someone like you, pt, to be the face/voice for the restaurant. He made enemies every step of the way.


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Re: Coming Soon: Swim Two Birds
« Reply #177 on: May 10, 2016, 03:18:01 PM »
The NYC DOB is the most corrupt organization in this city. The crap they let fly is astonishing, yet this guy can't get a plumbing permit? Disgusting.

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Re: Coming Soon: Swim Two Birds
« Reply #177 on: May 10, 2016, 03:18:01 PM »