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COMING TO THE OLD JUSTIN THYME CAFE: BLACK ROCK KITCHEN: LOHUD, There's new life food-wise in Croton starting with the reinvention/new ownership of the former Justin Thyme space. The eatery, which had been in business 15-plus years and closed in January, has been taken over by Eric Kupferberg, the former chef at Tangine, another Grand Street restaurant that also closed earlier this year. (More details about that to come.) MORE HERE
ALSO A SPOTLIGHT ON FRATELLI'S TRATTORIA, FORMERLY HOPSCOTCH, in the same article, as well as Memphis Mae's and The Tavern at Croton Landing.
And of course, UMAMI.
AND MEMPHIS MAE'S IS ON THE MARKET, ALSO IN THE SAME ARTICLE:
Gilbert said the state's plan to increase minimum wage up to $15 per hour is hurting many restaurant businesses, making it hard for local mom-and-pop eateries to exist. "Ever since the state's plan went into effect, the number of restaurants for sale in Westchester County alone has more than doubled," he said. "After all, at the end of the day, he said, how much can you charge for a burger?"
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NOVEMBER 2021 UPDATE
The so-called experts, and we have a few in elected office, claimed that raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour wouldn't hurt businesses. Of course they were wrong. We would see more people working they said. Wrong again. All you have to do is to go a department store or a supermarket or a Home Depot to see that self-check out has gone up a lot while cashiers have not. Now you've got kids demanding fifteen dollars and more an hour with no experience. BTW, you would REALLY BE SURPRISED what businesses don't pay their employees fifteen dollars an hour right here in Croton.ReplyDelete
Quoting Greg GilbertReplyDelete
"The state's plan to increase minimum wage up to $15 per hour is hurting many restaurant businesses, making it hard for local mom-and-pop eateries to exist. "Ever since the state's plan went into effect, the number of restaurants for sale in Westchester County alone has more than doubled," he said. "After all, at the end of the day, he said, how much can you charge for a burger?"
Or for a vegan dish.
We watched a disgusting display of two women at a local restaurant complaining about the lack of vegan options. When the owner said we serve meat here, one of the women said, maybe not for long and how come you use plastic bags for takeout? No environmentally friendly. Oh will you please shut up said the guy in the table next to them, you shut up said one of the women, to which the guy shot back, are you oblivious to how much you are annoying everyone? Look around! There was a bit more a scene, they left and the couple next to us, thanked the guy.Delete
The restaurants that survive here are the ones that make it easy to eat out as a family. That means: fair portions for fair prices, menu with lots of choices, quick service, and an atmosphere that's comfortable if the kids get a little loud. I love the idea of date nights, but the reality for many families is that they don't happen regularly. Getting a babysitter is expensive. And when date nights do happen, they're not usually in Croton, because if we're actually going out, then we're going OUT -- somewhere different and not right around the corner. Sure, people from other towns can come to Croton for their own date nights, but what other nightlife are we offering them? Croton is not a nighttime destination the way, say, Tarrytown and Peekskill are because of their music venues. I love this town and want our restaurants to survive, but it's important to understand the needs and habits of the people who would be the patrons. I want to keep it local, but I'm more concerned about my wallet than a restaurant owner's wallet.ReplyDelete
I get that Cozy. I do. When I read the so called community websites that beg for cocktails lounges and tapas bars, I have to laugh. Half these people are so leveraged financially they have no spare money once the kids, taxes and everything else is taken care of and the truth is, they love the pizza parlors and Chinese and the delis and the diner. If they didn't, we'd have cocktail lounges and tapas bars!Delete
We like Umami now and then and the new Croton Grille.ReplyDelete
love the croton grille!Delete