Friday, June 01, 2007

PeppermintLisa on Dodies: A Double Dose of Good News on GABB UPDATED

PeppermintLisa reports on GABB that Dodies Restaurant, a Highland Square mainstay, has been given a "reprieve," perhaps until as late as June 22.

Excellent news. Highland Square isn't all about hipsters. Dodies is a slice of Old Akron. They do diner food right -- breakfast all day long, well-balanced sandwiches, flaky-crusted pies.

Tonight was supposed to be the end. Emails went out saying that the judge was closing the restaurant tonight and that the Two Amigos guys were leasing the space. Owner Vaughn would hold it open late for a $10 all-you-can-eat customer appreciation grub fest. Peppermint opines that if Dodies remains Dodies until the 22nd, Vaughn may outlast Two Amigos.

The second bit of good news is that Peppermint is posting on GABB. She announced on Lovers Quarrel that she was leaving that blog and opening a new one to escape a cyberstalker. I invited her to use her posting privileges on GABB and am tickled that she has chosen to do so. Feel free whenever, PL.

UPDATES: Ohio dot com reports that Vaughn Morrison and his Two Amigos-owning landlords are in dispute about whether or not the judge ordered a stay. BTW, I've appeared in front of Magistrate Shoemaker many times and you do not want to piss him off. Hopefully Vaughn knows what he's doing.

In any event, we are unlikely to get clarification before court is open again Monday.

PeppermintLisa, who is wired in to all things Highland Square, leaves an extensive comment with the details on the Amigos' financial difficulties. Relevant excerpt:

    It seems like we can have Dodies for a bit or we can have the building in which they are in go into a lien, at which point anyone could buy it. Then there's the fear that Albrecht, Inc. would snatch up that building and promptly knock it down. So no Dodie's anyway.

    From what I understand Two Amigos has until July 13 to pay back taxes before they are on a lien.

    I've not been a fan of Two Amigos' owners business or social practices (or decorating) but it seems like it would be better for the square to have them pay their taxes and stay, rather than have Albrecht buy up more property in Highland Square.

4 comments:

peppermintlisa said...

Some more news on Dodies. It seems like we can have Dodies for a bit or we can have the building in which they are in go into a lien, at which point anyone could buy it. Then there's the fear that Albrecht, Inc. would snatch up that building and promptly knock it down. So no Dodie's anyway.

From what I understand Two Amigos has until July 13 to pay back taxes before they are on a lien.

I've not been a fan of Two Amigos' owners business or social practices (or decorating) but it seems like it would be better for the square to have them pay their taxes and stay, rather than have Albrecht buy up more property in Highland Square.

sigh.

el jefe said...

there's a give and take to everything isn't there? :-\

Mencken said...

What a mess. The muttonheads that own Two Amigos redecorated the place with faux-brick paneling that has all of the design sensibilities of a paint ball course. Then you have Vaughn, nice guy and all, but rarely at Dodies, leaving the place to be run by transient servers who used the place as a day care center for awhile.

I remember cold November mornings when there were so many folks waiting to get in Dodies, they would bring coffee to them while they stood in line.

I have breakfast every Sunday morning with an old boy who was likely sitting in Dodies when the mural photo that's in there was taken. After 20 years of meeting there we, moved on to the Akron Family Restaurant. No charm, but unlike Dodies, the service is brisk and the servers don't act like you just asked them to repack all of your wheel bearings when you ask for another cup of coffee.

Mencken said...

Now I hear from a reliable source that Stricklands is moving into the square. Nice way for Albrecht to reward Mary Coyle's for their past support.