I am a little torn here. I think with or without food critics a restaurant will live of die on its own merit. That merit is some combination of food quality, price and ambiance (to me at least). Raleigh has so many options, that if you don't nail down a niche, then you won't survive. So having said all that, I think anyone trying to make a successful go around here almost has to be kind of a jerk. I don't know Scott, but regardless of how put off the critic might feel, I don't think the food critic should overplay her role in the restaurant world, and neither should she lose empathy for the hard work that goes into making these endeavors work. I expect the lynch mob to get me here, but I think AC restaurants are very overrated. The food quality to price ratio is way out of whack. Ashley herself is a wonderful human being and her staff are well trained, so the quality/cost gets swallowed up in hype. Scott pisses off one person, and all of sudden anything he touches is dirty. The Indy, and the Raleigh food scene in general, is the big fraternal circle, that you either get to party with and within, or you are an outcast with no apparent credibility. Empire Eats has been cast out of this circle e.g., after the drunk town stuff went down. Relax folks, and look in the mirror.
"People recognize Georgetown, in Washington, D.C., as a highly valuable and exciting and distinctive destination for work and pleasure. We're helping create that same sense of identity for Hillsborough Street here in Raleigh," Murrison told me.
Georgetown has retained all of its old interesting buildings. There is no parallel here. The feel of the space and place is being completely erased and rewritten to be decidedly uninteresting and acceptable to the masses.
I received this directly from the DENR listserv. I'll keep her name "secret " too, but she is not the first person to quit in disgust. As a DENR employee myself, my simple comment here will probably get me first, exempted, then let go. By the way...funny, that in reality no person has civil service protections when you think about it....
Me and several friends touted our precinct's totals. His was 89/11 against, mine only 83/17 against. But it does help to know you at least planted yourself in a neighborhood you can live with and be happy in. Not to get biblical, but clearly the road less traveled is love and acceptance....
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