Great article Austin. It sounds like the main takeaway is that we're getting closer.
Tying North Carolina's brewery boom to having a high unemployment rate is the biggest reach of an excuse I've ever heard, so it's good that pro-three-tier people are running out of things to blame.
The bottom line is that all these arguments in support of maintaining the current system have been disproved in almost all other major markets. When you hire a firm to support your cause and the best they can come up with "change is bad" you might want to reconsider your position.
I think it's telling that the anonymous source wants to make sure people with more money are treated fairly. I wouldn't reveal my identity either if my opinions were so icky.
Allowing on premise sales is tantamount to a rain drop in a large lake. I would take advantage of on premise sales, but I would still buy the majority of my beer from the package stores. Growlers are not the best deal when buying beer. I would only purchase if it was a once in awhile beer, or a favorite that I am unable to purchase in a store.
The slippery slope perspective is absurd and just exposes the greed of the wholesalers and distributors. If they honestly think places like Wrecking Bar and Max Lagers would rather do without a wholesaler distributing their product, they are clueless.
The gloom and doom from the wholesalers and distributors is a lot of hyperventilating over what will turn out to a minor speed bump for their bottom line, if any. In all those other states that allow breweries sell direct to the consumer I do not see any evidence that the above entities are hurting in any way. Just the typical situation of them trying to not lose even one dime, despite anyone else it might hurt.
Choice is better. Let the brewers decide if they do better with distributors or not.
Following up on the PG/FSB thread: First, I'm a native Atlantan, and I loved Chef Paul; I thank him for his time here, and I wish him well in Switzerland. Second, I am a small business owner with a (currently) terrible web site and would love for someone to help me build a good one at a reasonable price. I've had quotes from $3k to $30k and nobody can explain the difference and why there's such a range. I'm a lawyer (the irony is not lost on me), but for me it's like dealing with a car mechanic. I don't understand how the engine works and I have no idea what a fair price is. So, by all means, hit me if you have a recommendation.
PG - you could offer to help them instead of critiquing them, since you seem to know so much more about websites... Running a small business is hard enough, and fancy websites are expensive. The new management at LBM is fantastic, running front and back of the house as a family and keeping Paul's vision in place. Why not put some positive energy into the universe instead of anonymously being mean?
Little's is now trying to raise money to fix the building they are in. Here is the fundraising link: http://igg.me/p/please-help-save-little-s-…
To FuziOh's comment on TJ's produce being past their prime. This is very much a suburb (or city without plentiful deli/vendors/grocers) vs city mindset. In the a city you don't stock up on stuff. When you want a banana you buy a banana and want it ripe to be eaten that day or the next day breakfast or lunch. Usually you buy it on the street or at the grocery on your walk home. In suburbs or a city like Atlanta people drive to buy their produce and tend to buy more than they need for that day or next day. Ripe, ready to eat produce is not seen as a good thing. Non-ripe produce is seen as a bad thing in big cities. I haven't had problems with TJs produce, I like that it is ready to go - that I can buy bananas that aren't green. The challenge with selling ripe, ready to eat is that in 48 hrs that produce is not saleable at full price.
THAT is a "relaunched" website? It looks like a failed RPG from 1992. Whoever made it should never be allowed within 10 feet of a computer again.
the guy sounds a little nuts, but good luck to him.
You know, for all his antics, in his heyday he was one of the most talented chefs around. His personal problems held him back, along with his ego. But he remains one of my favorite chefs to ever cook in Atlanta.
I thought Trader Joe's already sold fruit and veggies that are past their prime, but at exorbitant prices.
There's just not enough "NO" in the world. Skip Ann's and drive over to Vortex if you must.
Oh, this is sad.
Always great to see new concepts in Atlanta, especially the pay-an-arm-and-a-leg-for-finger-food-and-overrated-cocktails variety.
tipsforjesus is one of the paypal founders, right?
i think the jesus part is supposed to be facetious.
Sad to hear about Ben's Brown Bag. Hate to say it but it seems like that space is cursed. So many places have given it a go there and haven't made it.
Breakfast with Santa, something great for the kids.
Some food just doesn't photograph well, even if it is tasty.
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