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Re: “Morgan Street Meltdown: Hadley's Is for Sale After Less Than Four Months in Business

I have to agree with nematome above. I am very disappointed to see Hadley's fail, but there were major problems that alienated the regular Borough crowd from day one. First, if it is not broken then don't fix it. The conversion to Hadley's was too much of a change - all beer taps taken out, no hot side dishes, no basic light beer option even in a can or bottle, sandwiches were more expensive than the Borough, etc. Second, Hadley's announced that they would be retaining some of the Borough staff, but us regulars knew that many of them interviewed to work there but none of the wait staff was hired. These people had become close friends to the regulars, and this put many of us off from day one. Still, most of the regular crowd gave it a chance. When they changed concept again to a martini bar, that was even less attractive. Without food, there is nothing to differentiate them from the bar next door. It always felt like they were trying concepts that appealed to themselves without taking into account any feedback from the Borough regulars. I talked to the owners each of the times I went to Hadley's. They were friendly and nice. It is not that we hated them or their establishment, but their changes were too drastic and drove the regular crowd away. At the end of the day, the Borough never had the best food, but it was always a place where I could go where I would see friends. It was, for many of us, our local "Cheers" experience. Hadley's drastic changes drove that regular crowd away. We miss our regular watering hole, and hope that the next owner can take input from the old Borough regulars. You will have a gold mine on your hands if you take it back to something that is closer to the Borough concept.

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Posted by Al Parker on 06/22/2016 at 6:45 PM

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