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Our post on the new possible location for the College Perk brought a few interesting observations.
“Please say it ain’t so” got things riled up with this post.
Ok the folks who ran the original place had issues with confronting the basic reality of doing business, like getting permits and paying taxes and rent with without getting all sorts of wacky. If they even manged to start up I doubt they have the ability to function over the long term. Due to their established track record of not being able to rationally function within the base line realm of the business world I’d say this is a losing proposition.
Shea Hickman’s response below the fold.
I’m always amused when people who have never operated a successful restaurant hold forth on the business savvy of those who have. Before the Perk became the target of a scam foreclosure company, it successfully operated for nearly five years, employed at one time or another over 200 people, and paid over 120 grand each year in taxes. By all measures it was a successful venture before it closed (first by a small fire, and then by the aforementioned scam foreclosure folks).
But here’s the main point – the Perk, while it was open, was a bastion of culture, community, and eclectic silliness in the College Park region (as well as a great economic engine). The city is a far poorer place without it – literally and figuratively – and if it can come back in any form, in any manner, even if you (gasp) have to travel a tiny bit to get there, that would be a very good thing.
No matter what side you fall on you can check out THIS website to get more info. Personally I would rather have one College Perk than 5 Starbucks.