Maybe George could try this...

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Maybe George could try this...

...approach instead of Big City Burgers (and Atomic Wings).


Despite threats by the Brownsville community and Reverend Al Sharpton to picket the loca­tion of the former Royal Fried Chicken on Rut­land Road in Brooklyn, two years later it's still there, and thriving.

At the end of 2010, George was hopeful that the former site of Johnny Chih's would be open for business "shortly after the New Year."

When I asked him in Bun 'n' Burger two weeks ago about a revised timeline, like "Bret Maver­ick" in "Shady Deal at Sunny Acres," it was:

"I'm workin' on it."

But it's not too late to re-think the entire ap­proach. When the Brownsville location made the switch in April 2009...

(And the unrelated S&T Fried Chicken on St. Nicholas Avenue in Harlem, below...)

Harlem garnered lots of attention, not just from community activists, but in the media as well.

Like the man said, "There's no such thing as bad publicity.1"

Are ya runnin' with me, George?

  1. To which the great Oirish playwrite appended: "...except your own obituary."

    The Harlem version was shut down by the NYC Department of Health last year.


1. Frank Wheeler said...

He'd still have to get open, wouldn't he!

Point taken.

2. EastEnd68 said...

There was an ad in last week's paper the they are looking for investors.

OPM? Really?

If'n one is looking for other people's money at this stage of the game, this is a good indication that a project was under-capitalized from the start... or someone's "firm commitment" wasn't all that firm.

3. Barbara Ramsay said...

It looks horrible the way it is now. Just what the Village doesn't need with Summer coming is an empty torn-apart eyesore.

Again, we concur!

One of these years the Chamber of Commerce is going to figure out what it's charter is, and start actively trying to bring businesses into the Greater Westhampton area.
– Dean

4. Hunt Marckwald said...

Okay, I'll bite – who is George?

Hunt, this is a momentous occasion! For the first time in the 40+ years I've known you that you've ever 'fessed up to not knowing something!

George Malamas... used to sell real estate for Herbie Phillips, ran Margarita Grille when it first opened.
– Dean

5. Who Said That?! said...

It is Malamas.

Thank you.

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