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Re: “OPINION: Pulling Together

Dr. John: Best known for his seminal work, "Why Most Published Research Findings Are False." This is like quoting Grover Norquist for tax cuts or John Lott for gun sales.

Posted by CCrews on 04/27/2020 at 11:31 AM

Re: “Sound Values

Good for pointing out the role of ABC. As someone who worked for decades in the restaurant business, a solid decade of which was in Shockoe Bottom (and is also a musician) my interactions with ABC have been arbitrary and unpredictable. "The lights are too dark." "The lights are too bright." "You can't have smoke." "You can only use this kind of smoke." There are clear rules and regulations about the size of drinks, the number of drinks, inventory controls and purchasing, etc. But when it comes to the operation of a venue, it's up to the agent at the scene.

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Posted by CCrews on 04/17/2020 at 11:07 AM

Re: “On Point

Hi Chef Chef. While I disagree with their politics and hate their food, that Chik Fil place is closed on Sundays because Jesus. So good for them. Sundays are also difficult to staff, difficulty to stock, and clientele is pickier. Why not offer at least one day per week when your entire team can rest knowing that nothing is going wrong, nobody is calling in sick, and there aren't going to be any emergency calls? Most restaurants also drive towards 3-4 crucial meal periods to "make sales" and are open the rest of the time out of courtesy and to gather some extra revenue. Why not be open when you know you're going to be busy?

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Posted by CCrews on 03/12/2020 at 10:22 AM

Re: “Modern Swank

Hi Dude at the bar,
In addition to being a restaurant "lifer," I enjoy reading and good restaurants. Michael Ruhlman's "The Making of a Chef" and "The Soul of a Chef" were wonderful reads. Achatz himself wrote a book called "Life, On the Line" about his inspirations, career, and living with cancer that took most of his tongue. He couldn't taste for almost two years. I also enjoyed golf on my days off, so I read "Golf, My Way" by Jack Nicklaus. Things that I love, I research. And FWIW, I visited Gersi shortly after they opened. I had spotty service, but the food I found quite good, and I would definitely go back.

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Posted by CCrews on 01/31/2020 at 11:17 AM

Re: “Modern Swank

Hi Queen. I also did my stint in restaurants - 40+ years. Fine dining, nightclubs, family casual - you name it. If you were on my service staff and smoked, you had to do it outside and carry Altoids. If you used cologne or perfume, I shouldn't be able to actually smell it - it should be a hint of scent. Deliveries arrived in the back, and if need be, carried around to the front - before or after service. The impression should be that our food just magically appeared. If I can hear your kitchen music or banter in the dining room, it's too loud. Grant Achatz created a dish of buffalo steak with seasonal vegetables, and it arrived in a covered dish. Dirt and leaves and aromatics surrounded the plate, and a bit of boiling water was poured before your server uncovered it. He said, "It gives the subliminal experience of the quintessential Midwestern autumn." That's what service is. Food, atmosphere, sounds, smells, combining to create a seamless dining experience. Not everyone is as highly focused as Achatz, but it's what a good restaurant strives for.

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Posted by CCrews on 01/30/2020 at 11:03 AM

Re: “OPINION: I’m Obsessed with Trash

Chris B.: Many of the groups that do roadside cleanups (Keep Virginia Beautiful, Keep Henrico Beautiful, Va Cap Trail Foundation, RVA Cleansweep) do audits as part of their efforts. Keep Va Beautiful has a Cleanup Kit program with tools to weigh and report how much litter vs recycling you collect. Often, the reports detail the exact number of cigarette butts collected (one of Keep Va Beautiful's giveaways was cig urns). Butts are the # 1 litter issue in Virginia. Just an FYI.

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Posted by CCrews on 11/20/2019 at 10:06 AM

Re: “Closing Time

Hi Kazoo. Richmond Restaurant Group has a pretty darned good track record. If they're closing Pearl, they likely had a good reason - aside from your personal tastes. I'm certain their next venture there will indeed be exciting.

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Posted by CCrews on 08/30/2019 at 10:06 AM

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