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Re: “The Tamales and Mezcal at WillCo Embody Mexico City Spirit

let's lose the plastic ware

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Posted by terryboo on 11/17/2017 at 10:31 AM

Re: “Is Self-Service Beer the Trendy New Normal?

Gasoline stations ("fillin' stations" in the South) used to have people pumping gas. They don't now, except in Oregon and maybe a few other places. Some of those fillin' station employees were a lot of fun. You got to know them, and they got to know you.

But in the end, dispensing gas was not a value-added proposition and those jobs were eliminated in favor of lower prices. Many fast-food restaurants have gone to self-serve soft drinks for the same reason. I doubt that the bartending profession will go away anytime soon, but I'm not surprised to see some experimentation.

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Posted by ct on 11/10/2017 at 7:54 AM

Re: “Is Self-Service Beer the Trendy New Normal?

As part-owner and General Manager of Pour Taproom, I (Dan Enarson) was very disappointed to read Michael Burrows review since many of his assertions about our model were based on assumption, rather than journalistic due diligence. The entire piece was seemingly written without him speaking to management or any of our staff. Had he endeavored to do so, he would have found that our staff receive above what the Durham Living Wage sets as their hourly rate for employees making tips. Mr. Burrows incorrectly assumes that just because Pour isnt yet signed up with The Durham Living Wage Project, we therefore underpay our staff. That would be as incorrect for me to assume the same of The Indy Weeks employee compensation, which according to the Durham Living Wage website, is not a certified member. Neither are many downtown bars, for that matter, but this seems to be the proof for Mr. Burrows that we are inadequately compensating our staff.

Mr. Burrows review also suggests that we are a standard American chain. While we do share a logo and concept with other locations, we are independently-owned by locals who value what Durham values: community, social justice, and creativity. Thats why our locally handcrafted booths have low backs to encourage customers to lean in and foster warm connection. Our traditional beer hall style also lends itself to unrelated customers sharing space together at our locally handcrafted communal walnut tables. Mr. Burrows incorrectly assumes that because of the automated aspect of a self-serve beer wall, that somehow our customers dont engage in a centuries-old social exchange between patron and bartender. On the contrary, because our staff arent pouring drinks, it frees them up to engage customers creatively around beer styles, getting to know them personally and their drink preferences, much like a bartender.

As Mr. Burrows inferred, a bar isn't just about the beer, it's about the people servicing it. We have an excellent team of ten individuals, who care about people, know their beer and enjoy getting to know our regular patrons. They may not stand behind a traditional structure, but they're roaming and know regular customers and their tastes by name.

Again, had Mr. Burrows bothered to chat to any of us, or our local customers, maybe he would have gained a more accurate depiction of what Pour contributes to the Durham downtown vibe, beyond just the tech and self-serve experience. We understand Mr. Burrows anxieties about the future. But we dont see ourselves a marker of those, but rather a place that bring Durhamites together.

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Posted by Daniel Enarson on 11/09/2017 at 11:00 AM

Re: “Is Self-Service Beer the Trendy New Normal?

I've taken advantage of the self-pour wall at Clouds in Raleigh. It can be an interesting experience, and if you are trying to taste 4-6 beers it can be very useful as you pour just enough of each to take a good taste.

However, at my favorite beer places the interactions with the bartenders are part of the fun going there. Self-pour may work out very well for some (and be cost effective for the bar), but others will still want that interaction. After all, the last time I asked a wall - regardless of how many taps it had on it - "what do you think I'd like?", the wall just stood there silent as always.

Oh, and another issue with self-pour... Some beers are easier to pour than others. Bartenders tend to know how each one comes out of the tap, and treat it appropriately. If there is a hard-to-pour beer on self-tap, the poor beer customer could get frustrated (or all foam, or both). Plus, bartenders tend to be quicker. For example - Clouds had their Bourbon County Stout event a while back, and the BCS was on their self-pour wall. Let me tell you - waiting for 20, 30, 40 rookies to pour a beer in front of you is no fun (and my apologies to those who were behind this rookie).

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Posted by SomeCallMe...Tim on 11/08/2017 at 11:08 AM

Re: “One Fish, Two Fish, Local Fish, Ugly Fish

What is "ugly" and extremely cruel is animal abuse. Science has shown that fishes are sentient, they suffer fear and pain. Fishing causes immense fear and pain to these sentient beings. All of the nutrients we need in order to thrive can be obtained more healthfully, humanely, and environmentally responsibly from plant sources. Needlessly harming animals for food or any other reason is animal abuse: plain, inhumane, and unjustifiable.

If you want seafood please opt from among the many marvelous vegan versions there are of virtually every type of seafood imaginable. They're better for us, for the other animals, and for the environment, and they're delicious! http://fishfeel.org/seafood/

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Posted by MaryF on 10/04/2017 at 10:38 AM

Re: “After Years of Looking the Other Way, a South Durham HOA Cracks Down on Front-Yard Gardens

So they want a garden. They buy a house with a shady backyard and a HOA. Sounds like they engineered a bad outcome. Thats a their problem, not a HOA problem. Good thing the indy is inked with liberal tears because they never fall quietly.

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Posted by millertime on 09/28/2017 at 1:26 PM

Re: “After Years of Looking the Other Way, a South Durham HOA Cracks Down on Front-Yard Gardens

The Woodcroft HOA sounds sadly out of touch with current home trends. Family-friendly neighborhoods with play equipment and gardens--whether in front or back yards--are seen as attractive and friendly neighborhoods to new potential homeowners. Ignoring the majority of residents' wishes and forcing homeowners to dig up gardens is almost as illogical as making the comment above that said an HOA was necessary to "protect themselves from people like these." You need to be protected from living next to a computer scientist who wants to grow tomatoes with his kids?

29 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by CCreek on 09/27/2017 at 10:30 PM

Re: “What Do Lakewood Residents Think of Their Neighborhood's Newest High-End Restaurant?

My wife and I have lived in sight of the Lakewood for going on thirty years. We remember the Davis Bakery, the gas station that was where the Azteca is and the ABC store that is now Cocoa Cinnamon. I do not recognize my neighborhood in this article. This is not a traditionally Hispanic neighborhood that is suddenly being overrun by whites. It is the same diverse neighborhood that welcomed the Hispanics when they moved in. And I welcome the Lakewood to the neighborhood. They took a building that was empty for much more than a few months and gave us an attractive addition to the neighborhood. Affordable housing is an important and complex issue, but this unnecessarily divisive article does not further the discussion. The title of this piece should have been "What Do a Handful of Lakewood Residents Think of Their Neighborhood's Newest High-End Restaurant?" They do not speak for all of us.

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Posted by Steve Coombs on 09/27/2017 at 9:35 PM

Re: “After Years of Looking the Other Way, a South Durham HOA Cracks Down on Front-Yard Gardens

A similar conservative highjacking of the HOA and selective enforcement of covenants happened to us in Fairfield neighborhood in Durham 2 years ago.

HOAs are set up to protect developers and are not designed to serve the needs of the entire community for 20+ years. As such, a small minority can force their will against the rest of the community, as appears to be happening in Woodcroft.

This is why we moved to Watts-Hospital Hillandale!

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Posted by MMR on 09/27/2017 at 9:22 PM

Re: “After Years of Looking the Other Way, a South Durham HOA Cracks Down on Front-Yard Gardens

So thankful my neighbors are considerate of their community and not so self entitled to believe that rules dont apply to them. More free time than common sense today.

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Posted by birddog on 09/27/2017 at 8:50 PM

Re: “After Years of Looking the Other Way, a South Durham HOA Cracks Down on Front-Yard Gardens

Grow in your backyard, seriously nobody wants to see that. People live in neighborhoods with HOAs to protect themselves from people like these.

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Posted by southdurhamneighbor on 09/27/2017 at 8:16 PM

Re: “After Years of Looking the Other Way, a South Durham HOA Cracks Down on Front-Yard Gardens

if this is even true, was it existing gardeners on the board who voted to use a prefessional hoa management company?

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Posted by sthomper on 09/27/2017 at 1:56 PM

Re: “After Years of Looking the Other Way, a South Durham HOA Cracks Down on Front-Yard Gardens

And that whole comment in the article about "battling resale values" is complete nonsense. We've got three houses in our cul-de-sac that recently sold; each had multiple offers above asking price on their first day on the market.

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Posted by davekrnavek on 09/27/2017 at 12:32 PM

Re: “After Years of Looking the Other Way, a South Durham HOA Cracks Down on Front-Yard Gardens

So annoying the demographic most responsible for Durham's rising home values -- young professionals with families -- is supposed to *raise* property values? The Woodcroft HOA doesn't seem to have thought this through. Take a walk through the parts of Durham with ballooning values, like Burch Ave, Old North Durham, Cleveland-Holloway and Watts-Hillandale, and you'll see tons of frontyard gardens.

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Posted by Adam Haile on 09/27/2017 at 10:42 AM

Re: “In Carrboro's first kava bar, Krave, getting kozy is hard

Citing the FDA as a credible source = poor journalism. Dig deeper and get to the root. The FDA/our government, directly responsible for dispensing (via internal organizations, created to perpetuate our collective fear of natural/ethno medicines that have been used mindfully and with great positive affect for thousands of years by our own ancestors) alcohol, cocaine, heroin, coffee/tea/caffeine, sugar, commercial tobacco, and a vast array of pharmaceuticals. All are addictive or have multiple side effects, cause major health issues with short and long term use, and contribute to the downfall of our society by way of dumbing down and placating the masses with one end goal in sight: control.

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Posted by Julie Welch on 09/24/2017 at 4:10 PM

Re: “La Farm Bakery's Carolina Gold Rice Bread Shares Gems of the Past

Please make a Gluten Free version, for the many true Celiacs in this area.
I am disappointed at the lack of Artisan GF baked goods. I am willing to pay the extra for a good product, I am tired of freezer bread.

Posted by Joules on 09/20/2017 at 3:54 PM

Re: “It Took More Than Biscuits and Donuts to Make Rise the Triangle's Fastest Growing Food Empire

Oh Vitamin B once a week is no matter to these types . youd have to be a daily to even have an opinion. This a real clicky crowd. A lot of Wannabees

Posted by Tom Dee on 09/17/2017 at 6:30 PM

Re: “It Took More Than Biscuits and Donuts to Make Rise the Triangle's Fastest Growing Food Empire

Thy've Used Andy Seamans and then got rid of him . He put Rise om the Map and had them franchised in other states even . So as far as we concerned this company used Andy to get them in on the Durham scene. And then this those other guys coulda never got to where Andy put the Rise co. Unbelievable. Beware of this co.but i see above theyre Effin up a bit .. the Vegan off menu! So beware .

Posted by Tom Dee on 09/17/2017 at 6:25 PM

Re: “What Do Lakewood Residents Think of Their Neighborhood's Newest High-End Restaurant?

I wonder how many businesses the reporter has started herself? How many jobs has she provided to the community?

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Posted by rbrown on 09/15/2017 at 8:48 AM

Re: “What Do Lakewood Residents Think of Their Neighborhood's Newest High-End Restaurant?

When I read this article, my immediate reaction was: "Here comes another Gordon Gecko type who's driving out the (in this case) immigrant business through some kind of hostile takeover." Not: here is a business owner who's actually providing jobs and services to the community in a space where previous businesses failed. Which is the truth? Does Phoebe Lawless really seem like a Gordon Gecko type who should be pilloried in the media?

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Posted by rbrown on 09/15/2017 at 8:40 AM

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