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  1. I assume she was having a bad day and manifested it upon all visitors. Terrible thing to do. A guaranteed way to lose customers. The other day a friend and I were at dinner sitting at a table. An early dinner, place was not busy, before the typical evening crowd. The waitstaff was mostly hanging in the back, bs'ing when we were seated. Waiter took our order but repeated them from memory w/out writing them down. Seeing that we repeated each item a second time He completely missed/forgot on two items. When that lazy bum finally came around to check on us we repeated the two items he didn't deliver. When hearing the items he looked up in surprise and said something like...somebody in the kitchen didn't prepare them. Freaking liar. If you don't punch in the order its not prepared. That is two people unlikely to return for years if ever. Food quality was pretty good and value was excellent. The restaurant loses because he was a liar.
  2. Out of curiosity what did and how did that bartender act to make you feel so uncomfortable?? I can't imagine experiencing something so uncomfortable nor can I envision what a bartender would do to convey that feeling. ....and if they act that way to more than one customer...they will soon start losing all their regulars and be out of a job.
  3. Carnegie Deli ships on line. Is it the same cheesecake they made in house? Don't know. Does it ship well? Don't know. If it is the same and ships well it is spectacular. Before it hit Carnegie Deli it was the favorite cheesecake in all of Northern NJ--for decades. (just convinced myself to order it. ­čśő )
  4. As a former retail/restaurant real estate broker/agent and as someone who does work with the restaurant industry that, IMHO, is an excellent article and perspective. It includes some national data, information with which I was unfamiliar. What is occurring in Arlington, DC, and around the suburbs with restaurants opening and closing is not unique to this area. The historical info on rents in the Wilson Blvd corridor is a range that I've seen from the early 90's to today and with which I would agree. Pretty freaking amazing.
  5. Have you had Dino's Thursday $10 pot of mussels? If so how do they compare? Inquiring mussel lovers would like to know?
  6. If you haven't seen this a thoughtful perspective on dining on at Mirabelle by Mark Furstenberg. He and Frank Ruta are friends and you might recall that after Palena closed Ruta cooked for a short while at BreadFurst
  7. Just discovered that the former free standing McDonalds that was across from the Roslyn Metro and was torn down for the major edifices that have been built and are now near completion, will be reappearing in virtually the exact same location as a ground level retail tenant. Looks rather large. Must have been a good location for McDonalds. I knew lower Roslyn was dying for a major fine dining/popular GAR type or extraordinary independent restaurant. Lucky neighborhood. Mickey D's is back in its prominent location right in the middle of everything (and hell yeah-- I'll still eat at a McDonalds every so often----- or far less)
  8. I don't believe the case stood on "breach a lease based on the landord's poltical views" at all. I think Trump's position his comments, his status elevated the situation so far far far far beyond a landlord's political views that it isn't even close. (btw: I leased space to tenants that were so dramatically on the right and so dramatically on the left that it in some of the cases it put them to what I would describe as extremes of extremes.). Issues of politics never arose with regard to the leases.. In some of the cases I had conversations with the respective landlords and they were at opposite ends of the political spectrum than the tenants. THERE WAS NEVER AN ISSUE about a "landord's political views" I can't think of a situation that approximates the Trump situation vis a vis a lease. If you have any...lets flush them out. I think the issue went way beyond that. Regardless. All is moot. Cases resolved and we don't know anything about a possible court reaction.
  9. Here was an interesting find, comment, and observation. It came from the comments section of the Page I referenced about Local Rankings in Google Maps on DR.com and its directly found on this page. The comment is a response to the first question and it came from Lisa Kolb who knows a lot about a subsection of the travel industry. Per Lisa in order for a hotel type property to show highly in G Maps it better subscribe to the OTA,s (OnLine Travel Agents (ie hotels.com and others). In other words if a hotel wants to have good visibility it better use the OTA's (BTW: Google has a direct financial deal with the OTA's for all the bookings they get through Google Search). That total number and value is ENORMOUS Per comments above and what I've heard from people in the hotel industry, OTA bookings can run a hotel in a range of 10-30%. Hotels just hate it!!!! Its a real battle between chains, individual hotels and the OTA's. Google is on the OTA side. I had found a resort city with many hotels and a rather very high percentage of hotels who had refused to work with the OTA's. Some who weren't connected to the OTA's had chain names wherein virtually all of their hotels across the world use OTA bookings. I bet the local hotel operators got together to try and fight this. Following Lisa's reference I went back to that city. Of the top 20 hotels listed in Google Maps 1 was not listed with the OTA's. Of the next 20 another 4 weren't listed with the OTA's. I recall the percentage of hotels not listed with the OTA's at about 30% or more. Ugh...seems to me google's "local algo" in the hotel vertical is significantly skewed toward helping google make money...and driving hotel room prices UP. Frankly I hope google doesn't find ways to adjust its ranking methods for all other industries such that it will make Google more money and cost consumers more money.
  10. The following links might be helpful for restaurateurs (or for any local business). Its the latest annual survey of what are considered the current or recent "most important factors" for getting high visibility in google search: In the maps section wherein 3 businesses show up as a result of a search and in the organic results below. Its the reason and essence of "Claiming Your Business" with google my business, or as the title of this thread says "owning your business". For eight or nine years this survey has been updated with the latest survey of "experts" (I really hate to use that term as I've been one of them for most of the years (and this year) since it first came out--lets call the participants- observers, testers, and probably obsessively focused on this topic.). While I contribute, I value it to see the overall perspectives and most significantly from my point of view the insights of the participants. I know a lot of them so I know what they test, the types of businesses they evaluate, and have a fair idea how they draw their conclusions. A lot of local search engine optimization (SEO) jargon in it. But its really about not only having one's business show up in logical searches for one's business....but show up a lot and highly for a great variety of phrases. There is an intro and overview of the search ranking factors The first page focuses on the map part of google, showing up above the organic results (or searching in maps itself). The graph says survey results suggest that just Correctly Claiming One's Business (as in the topic of this thread) is the most important factor...but it only accounts for 20% of the weight. In other words if you want to show well for searches beyond one's business name, a business has to do much more than claim its google my business record. The second page are the detailed local search ranking factors for both maps and the organic results below. The graph on the left describes what is considered for the map section/ and if one looks at the "more choices" expanded map below the first 3 shown. The right side graph shows what is considered important for organic results or that which is showing below the maps. (I'll add that besides the obvious visibility and importance of the maps on top the sites I've worked on which have included a variety of bar schools around the nation and some completely different types of local businesses...have always gotten enormous benefit from the organic results.) Lots of jargon above: but high visibility in search (which means google) is fundamental to getting a lot of traffic and hopefully lots of customers. (if you have questions and really care dm me.)
  11. Prior to its release I looked forward to this film. Along with the usual movie publicity there were fairly recently written histories about that period, place. and events. The movie drew from them. What struck me was that the history had been "buried" so to speak. Whether through deep deliberate efforts or not these events escaped our awareness. As to the film it's been 15 years. My recollections are a bit vague. Daniel Day-Lewis was terrific and memorable as an over the top personality and character. He I recall vividly. Scenery was fascinating, the fight scenes certainly contributed to the sense of epicness and damn that population lived in miserable squalor. Overall while a challenging watch I appreciated it, if didn't love it. Much of that has to do with the history. "Who would know?" It turns out virtually no one. The events were carried in the news of the day. Then there was some process most likely from "the powers at the top" to bury these events. Makes sense. What nation wants its population to know that wide spread draft resistance and violent riots are a part of its real history. Who wants the public to know that a portion of the Union Army fresh off the significant battle at Gettysburg had to race up to NYC to put down an out of control insurrection. Why this grabbed me was that fast forward a little more than 100 years later I was an active participant in the Anti Vietnam War movement as a then college kid and oh btw facing a draft once my college deferments ended. (Had no idea what I was going to do) The way I was most active was in becoming a "very well educated and knowledgeable advocate against the war" then engaging in petition drives to get citizens to demand we end our involvement. (It was the in the system non-violent kind of approach) What astounded me in the run up news about Gangs of New York was the history of that draft resistance, the "players" (Irish immigrants) and the amazing level of violence. in 1969/1970 nobody knew about this. The historians and deep researched thought leaders that were educating the "movement foot soldiers" like me, didn't know about these events and never mentioned them. It was buried history. Fascinating! "Who would know?" Evidently not us Americans. For history, the drama, the scenes, I'd call it a worthwhile movie.
  12. When the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opened this was the featured song with Chuck Berry and "some back up band"
  13. I don't watch dualing "talking heads" these days. Not in sports/not in politics. They are often antagonistic and its often for show not substance. I watched that piece. They agreed. They both present in an "angry" manner. Whatever. I agree with them. For the same reasons. You can list more than 10 players better than Nowitzki. Now some additional trivia (detail) about Nowitzki. Our trusty nerd guide (the basketball-reference site) full of statistics, has a table for players since about 2000 that tracks shooting data. Amazingly its called Shooting. It basically assigns distance to every shot a player takes. Its fundamental to advanced analytics in this sport and others, with every move being filmed, analyzed and crunched. Nowitzki's shooting distance averages about 15 feet over his career. By comparison, (now citing from memory) Duncan is about 8 feet; Lebron and Anthony about 11,12 feet or so, 3 pt specialists such as Korver or Redick are up around 20 feet or so, Dwight Howard, a true old time center around 3-4 feet, and Curry and Klay Thompson high volume 3 pt shooters average something close to Nowitzki (they shoot long distance and drive) Nowitzki a 7 foot power forward/center spent his whole career shooting from long distance. A game changing kind of shot. Bully for him. That skill, talent, his production and his team's success vaulted him into rarified air, if not the top ten. --- As to Sabonis: He was good. Too bad he was badly injured. Too bad for us he didn't play more in the NBA where we could have seen more of him. Besides amazing size and bulk he had an excellent long distance shot and was a great passer--a renaissance kind of talent. If healthy possibly a top ten talent. We'll never know. In the NBA even with his reduced mobility he was one of the only players that gave Shaq problems when Shaq was in his prime. --- Back to Nowitzki contemporaries: Kevin Garnett and Rasheed Wallace: The talking heads referenced Kevin Garnett as a comparable player to Nowitzki. They were contemporaries, similarly tall, talented and stars. Very different in terms of emphasis though: Garnett was a defensive hawk and Nowitzki an offensive center piece. One could argue forever about which was better. I don't know. Both were good and fun to watch. Now Rasheed Wallace is an interesting comparison in my mind. According to the "Nerd Bible/Basketball-Reference" Wallace shot from an average of about 16+ feet. He was another of the earliest stretch forwards. Wallace's depth of shooting really focused on 3 pt shots; Nowitzki split those long shots between "long shots" and 3 pointers. Both were very tall guys who could and did play center who liked to and were capable long distance shooters...and among the earliest in the game as it evolved. Nowitzki was far more of a main offensive threat; Wallace was always a support or secondary offensive player, putting more effort into the defensive side. Nowitzki was healthier, played longer, and was a centerpiece. But both presaged a change in the game.