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Ed

Good intentions are not enough to make a start-up business survive.

Gary

When they started, Kevin was the chef and things were run well and the food was pretty good - especially breakfast.

But Kevin left and they ran the place with unskilled labor with the expected result. They gave up months before they closed down. Their demise was a self fulfilling prophecy.

Arturo

Yeah, Kevin tried to help them but they wouldn't listen.

TIna

I'm interested in scoping out the new place on Rogers. I've alwasy thought it could be the perfect avenue for restaurants, since Flatbush will never be that. Though, Flatbush is great for other matters of convenience (hardware stores, fabric stores, banks, pharmacies, laundromats, dry cleaners). The convenience makes it hard to leave the place--so do our neighbors. We really love living in PLG and find ourselves just looking here everytime we think of buying a place and search the city over for deals.

BUT PLG businesses do need to step it up and act serious already. Certainly Flatbush is affordable and makes opening a business with little capital possible for the little guy. But little start-up capital is the problem for so many places. It leads to pracitces like selling moldy bread (Fireside and Yordy's), rotten meat (Western Theif), blackout milk (Associated), bread that smells like a mildewy basement (Associated), and diluted nail polish/the reuse of paper towel between toes when getting a pedicure (every nail shop in PLG). For Christ's sake, someone once even put a 110 volt Black and Decker sanding machine to my foot, while the other was in the water, in order to save time buffing my feet. These places inevitably shut down becuase they increasingly buy less and less product to do their buisiness with, hoping to stretch it out over time, longer than is safe.

Like many others in the area, sadly, we order from Fresh Direct, and we buy from Wholefoood and Trader Joes when we have the time. Wish the Greenmarket were more often at GAP, and we wish a great grocery store would open next to the train in that empty building on Lincoln.

The other problem, as I read mentioned earlier by someone else, is service. Morgy's was a disaster. They didn't even open until 10am, after the morning rush was over. And K-dog--a cafe whose name IS stupid (the equivalent of insisting customers call Sunny Delight "Sunny D")--is too slow in making a coffee on the way to the train, which is probably why most of their business comes after the morning rush hour. (Why are they surprised?) Twice, I waited 10 minutes to get a cappucino, when no one else was even there waiting. The the person making it poured the cup to overflowing, so there was spillage all over the counter and my cup. And why are the owners always behind the counter keeping the staff from doing the job they were hired to do? The place is very freindly, and I think it's important to have a relationship with businesses in the neighborhood, but this place is not a business. It's pure ambiance.

To be fair, these are problems that plague much of NYC. I stopped shopping at the Garden of Eden for anything but chocolate. They sell spoiled dairy and meat like many gourmet grocers in the city. And the up side of Associated is that it works well as a convenience store. I buy their milk, eggs and juices often, since they do offer some organinc products.

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