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Re: “An Ode to Chain Restaurants as Ruby Tuesday Announces Closures

Interesting article, but unfortunately I think you are missing some of the real reasons for these declines. For one, the explosion of chain restaurants in the early 2000's meant that there weren't enough qualified managers to run them. Instead of cutting back in building they just hired the lowest common denominator in management. It saved the corporations money and kept their restaurants staffed. This lead to a decrease in quality in the restaurants as a whole, from the food to the hourly employees. Surely you've noticed that your service in many of these restaurants has declined over the past two decades? The other problem was every chain restaurant, to get a bigger market share, started ditching their overall concepts and marketing towards families and children. This "quantity over quality" model might make the corporations more money, but it degrades the experience for the other diners and the staff. Who wants to go to TGI Friday's anymore? There was a time back when it was "the American bistro" that it was a nice place to hang out after it is just a kitschy place filled with 7 year old's birthday parties. The reason people tend to flock towards more locally owned places is they tend to be a little more upscale, they don't always bend over backwards to cater towards children, and the staff tends to be experienced servers/bartenders/managers and the entire experience is much better. The problem isn't a lack of disposable income...believe me! The amount of money people spend in restaurants today is quadruple what it was in the 90's. People, ESPECIALLY TEENAGERS AND 20SOMETHINGS, don't blink an eye when asked to drop over 100 dollars for a party of two nowadays. Money isn't the issue, no matter what they tell you on TV. People are throwing money around in ways that haven't been seen since the 80's, the problem is unqualified management, and even less qualified staff.

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Posted by Brian DiBonaventure on 08/20/2016 at 11:57 AM

Re: “NBA Passes on Cleveland to Host the 2017 All-Star Game

In the meantime, if the USA Women's Gymnastics Team has a "Victory Tour", The Q needs to clear the calendar for a date.

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Posted by LakeErieSeaGulls on 08/20/2016 at 11:02 AM

Re: “Utah Resident Plans Cross-Country Cavs Parade

"...he is stopping in a different city each day to hold a rally for Cleveland sports-lovers who no longer live in Cleveland. Cities on the itinerary: Provo, Denver, Lincoln, Minneapolis, Chicago, and Cleveland."

It's cool that he's going through my native Chicago. Probably lots of ex-Clevelanders there.

What I need to know is whether there will be any Die-Hard Cub Fan bars popping up in Cleveland when the Cubs are making their way through the NLDS, NLCS, and quite possibly beyond.

There were Cub bars in a long list of places last year, but as far as I know, none here.

Now if it's Tribe vs. Cubs for all the marbles, whole different ballgame...sorry, couldn't resist it. Sue me.

I'll have to temporarily relocate, and maybe even get a divorce.

I do love the Tribe, and I even worked for the organization in the mid-Nineties, but I have bled Cubbie Blue for 56 years now. If any NE Ohio bar owner wants to make some money, and host Cub fans and ex-Chicagoans, spread the word here. October is not that far away!

Chuckles the Clown

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Posted by Chuckles the Clown on 08/20/2016 at 2:06 AM

Re: “A Keen Attention to Song Structure Distinguishes the Punk Act Big Eyes

Blah, blah, blah, blah. Never mind the endless review. Don't care.

Big Eyes, and a "keen" attention to song structure? Love it! Great wordplay!

Margaret D. H. Keane is the American artist. (she will be 89 next month) who is world-famous for drawing those ubiquitous Sixties "big-eyed waifs" (seen in every doctor's waiting room in America during the Sixties) and all those countless paintings with big eyes . People used to collect them.

She mainly paints women, children, and animals. Big-eyed little girls with big-eyed kitties.

Big Eyes and "keen" did that on purpose, right? Good one.

Chuckles the Clown

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Posted by Chuckles the Clown on 08/20/2016 at 1:16 AM

Re: “An Ode to Chain Restaurants as Ruby Tuesday Announces Closures

Sorry, but they do have a nice salad bar.

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Posted by Jld123x on 08/19/2016 at 11:42 PM

Re: “An Ode to Chain Restaurants as Ruby Tuesday Announces Closures

If I did the math correctly, then you're 37? First of all, that's hardly "old as fuck." Double that number, and maybe you've got a case.

Secondly, you've sounded like you're maybe six years out of college, tops, since you came here last winter. Yammering about all the things that twenty-something Millennials like to do. Are you trying to play to a younger demographic, or what?

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah...I know you weren't even born until a dozen years after the song hit the airwaves, but confusing the Beatles with the Stones? Even when you were 12, they were still playing that song on oldies radio. That's like a geezer confusing Frank Sinatra with Dean Martin. You know, those lame Brat Pack wise guys?

Chuckles the Clown

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Posted by Chuckles the Clown on 08/19/2016 at 10:52 PM

Re: “Coastal Taco Improves Its Game, Slowly but Surely

Update to earlier post: Went there at lunchtime...before noon...not too crowded. Got a table in the shade and right on the water, despite the art fair mess. Charging people a fee of ten bucks each to enter the art fair may or may not be helping their business...hard to tell. But that's their problem, not mine. There were plenty of asses in the seats. It's a nice waterside place.

Service was fine...tacos are excellent but teensy...more like sliders, but they do tell you that in advance now. The bowls...or what they call "bols"...are big and very good-sized and for six bucks they are adequate in size. Only complaint was the size of the tea will probably need more than one. I guess they want you to drink...that's where the moolah is.

The place was filling up and getting crowded after our lunch, but maybe Doug picked the wrong weekend...was it the grand opening when the Cavs beat Toronto to make the Finals? Probably a mistake on his part.

True, I wouldn't care to be there at dinnertime or late in the evening,, but lunch on the river (on a fine late summer day) made a nice birthday present.

My wife was right and Doug was only partially so.

And for once in my life, I had nothing to bitch about!

Chuckles the Clown

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Posted by Chuckles the Clown on 08/19/2016 at 3:51 PM

Re: “Cedar Point Announces Latest Ride Addition for 2017 (Sort of)

Mean Streak moving to Kings Island.

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Posted by Tom Kelley on 08/19/2016 at 3:41 PM

Re: “The Flats Festival of the Arts Debuts This Weekend

They neglected to mention that the arts fest is NOT free. Streets are blockaded, making traffic on the East Bank an unholy mess. lYou will have to pay to enter the boardwalk area and you will also have to pay for pay for valet parking as well. What the flood? And no way can the area accommodate 100,000 people in a weekend. They gotta be kidding!

Chuckles the Clown

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Posted by Chuckles the Clown on 08/19/2016 at 3:36 PM

Re: “Oldest Great Lakes Commercial Shipwreck Discovered in Lake Ontario

It's the second oldest shipwreck found in the Great Lakes, but the oldest commercial shipwreck. Pretty cool. I can't find mention of how deep the water was where it was found.

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Posted by Jeremy Corvan on 08/19/2016 at 3:18 PM

Re: “An Ode to Chain Restaurants as Ruby Tuesday Announces Closures

"Old AF" but not old enough to avoid confusing the Beatles with the Rolling Stones? Siddown, kid, ya botha me. ;)

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Posted by Kellell on 08/19/2016 at 3:13 PM

Re: “Victory Alley, Steps from the Jake, Opens Just in Time for Opening Day

Found this place before Indians game. Had a great time enjoying pizza and beer. Staff was amazing!

Posted by tribe fan on 08/19/2016 at 2:47 PM

Re: “An Ode to Chain Restaurants as Ruby Tuesday Announces Closures

You mean the Rolling Stones, of course.

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Posted by Allen Bohannon on 08/19/2016 at 2:29 PM

Re: “An Ode to Chain Restaurants as Ruby Tuesday Announces Closures

I think you mean the Rolling Stones?

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Posted by Jon Hyman on 08/19/2016 at 2:22 PM

Re: “UPDATE: "Bar Rescue" Comes to Ripper Owens' Rock House in Akron

There is nothing real about reality television. You can't learn to run a bar by watching TV.

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Posted by Preston Rideout on 08/19/2016 at 1:23 PM

Re: “The Origins and Evolution of the Cleveland Accent (Yes, You Have an Accent, Cleveland)

I'm old enough to have grown up when Cleveland was the broadcast standard, and I'm sure my youthful television watching habits contributed to my speech patterns. I'm pretty sure that no matter what my accent is, it's not the one described here.

Posted by Mama Bear CLMH on 08/19/2016 at 12:33 PM

Re: “The Sound of Farewell: Dee Perry Signing off at WCPN

Dee Perry was being phased out over the past year; The Sound of Applause went from live or recently taped interviews to relying on "best of" tapes from the archives and then having the show dropped to periodic filler segments during Morning Edition, Here and Now and All Things Considered. But it is following the station's trend since Ideastream shuffled its content management team in mid-2014 -- a plummet to complete mediocrity with local entertainment and news programming.

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Posted by LakeErieSeaGulls on 08/19/2016 at 11:22 AM

Re: “UPDATE: Butt-Naked Donald Trump Statue Was in Coventry, Then Removed

The statues appeared in NYC, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Cleveland. Nothing in Chicago or Miami or any other big city in the East. We were the smallest city (by far )to receive such an honor.

More proof that Cleveland rocks...
(Even though the statue didn't have any).

Chuckles the Clown

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Posted by Chuckles the Clown on 08/19/2016 at 2:21 AM

Re: “Backstage Pass: An Interview with Blue October's Justin Furstenfeld

I love this interview. He is amazing. Thank you

Posted by Amy Susannah Johnson on 08/19/2016 at 2:16 AM

Re: “Paul McCartney Treats Capacity Crowd at the Q to Captivating Career Retrospective

Paul just plain ROCKED THE HOUSE, not quite three hours of solid, entertaining rock'n'roll. Far as I'm concerned, there's Paul McCartney ... and then there is everybody else.

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Posted by Troubleshooter on 08/19/2016 at 12:28 AM



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