How Seven Weeks Have Flown...for Some but Not Others
The last weeks have been a harsh blow indeed for several of our restaurant owners and their staffs, closed by ConEd. But rumor is on that the gas is back!
As you have noticed, several neighboring Broadway restaurants north of W. 103rd Street have been struck in the past two months by a ConEd shutdown of their gas. These small businesses with tight margins and painfully high rents live or die with the slightest blip. And I have been watching as the days have turned into weeks and now months due to an unattended gas leak. And the restaurants fell victim to this.
Thank goodness our area didn't become yet another story in the paper about some conflagration.
But so it went. First Ollie's. Then Aangan. Then Sun-chan and Broadway Pizza. All shuttered. Food wasted. Staff benched. Tables and chairs mothballed. It's a devastation to them all.
So this is a call to arms -- or to mouths. Show your solidarity and do something for mom and pop: have a meal there one night soon and tell them good times are back in B'dale. That we are their neighbors. And that we all will erase this bad memory together!
I have the news straight from the windows of Aangan and Ollie's: as of tonight, Aangan is back and look for Ollie's to open tomorrow. Let's hope it's true.
Pappadums and dumplings, here we come!
So it's all right now, in fact in celebration, I am appending a little vintage ditty from the Rolling Stones.