Friday, July 6, 2012

WABE mourns loss of Atlanta Nosh

Posted By on Fri, Jul 6, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Lis Hernadez of Arepa Mia
Last month, Atlanta foodies were disappointed when Michaela Graham closed the Atlanta Nosh after only a few weeks of business. The event was the public reincarnation of her popular Atlanta Underground Market, which outgrew its intended secrecy.

Graham caught some negative publicity when someone claimed to get sick at the Nosh and sued her. This morning, though, WABE Radio (90.1 FM) ran a more positive story, featuring several entrepreneurs whose businesses were jump-started by the Nosh.

One such is Arepa Mia, one of my new favorites:

The biggest success story so far from the Underground Market and the Nosh is Arepa Mia. Lis Hernandez’s Venezuelan arepas were so popular at the markets, people waited up to half an hour for a hot-off-the-griddle corn cake stuffed with meats, beans and other treats.

“I always wanted to bring the arepas to Atlanta.”

The demise of the Nosh didn’t bother her because by then, she’d already opened her own restaurant at the sweet auburn curb market. And after being open for lunch just three weeks, business was buzzing.

“It’s going great, people love their food, and definitely there are followers from Atlanta market and Atlanta nosh.”

HOMELESS NOT SEEN BUT FED: The NPR program, Morning Edition, also reported today on WABE about Philadelphia's new rule that outlaws feeding the homeless in public parks. The law is not being enforced pending the outcome of a lawsuit filed by local churches.

The ban has been spun in a positive but controversial way by Mayor Michael Nutter:

"I believe that people, regardless of their station in life, should be able to actually sit down, at a table, to a meal inside, away from the heat and the cold, the rain and the snow, the vehicle exhaust and all the other distractions of everyday city life," Nutter said at a press conference.

Indoor facilities, Nutter says, also make it easier to connect homeless people with other supportive services.

But many advocates for the homeless are skeptical. "We at the national level see this as a trend much more about restricting activities that really define the homeless experience," says Neil Donovan, the executive director of the National Coalition for the Homeless.

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