Thursday, February 17, 2011

Fort Thomas News - Week of February 14th


1. Has anyone noticed the signs up in the old pottery store front in the Midway?  I had mentioned in a previous post about the coming Chinese restaurant in the Midway - any expectations you may have had about this should probably be scaled back after looking at their sign announcing the impending opening.

Not only has the store front hosted the town's longest running garage sale but the sign announcing the opening looks like a middle school art project.  Not to mention the owners apparently can't decide which Asian country's culinary tradition they would like to treat us to.

A shout out to Randy Adams for bringing this to my attention.

2. Fort Thomas schools has released the school calendar for 2011 - 2012.  You can go to the Fort Thomas Independent Schools website to start planning your end of summer vacation.

3. Finally as anticipation over the Target opening begins to build (only a few short weeks away) - our friends over at the Newport Pavilion Page on Facebook posed a question about whether the expanded food section at Target will make you shop there more or at Kroger less.  The consensus seems to favor Kroger - what do you say?

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  1. I am surprised that someone who has always campaigned for more small business in Ft. Thomas has this attitude. I would rather have them judged on their food & service after thaey open in May or June. Maybe if you were opening a restaurant in Japan, your sign might look a little funny to the locals there. We are dealing with differtent cultures and would hope that we could be a little more welcoming to them and their mixed culture food offerings.

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  2. If you caught the latest episode of Top Chef, the challenge was basically an advertisement for Target. They were challenged with making a dish to serve 100 Target employees using nothing but what they could find in the store. The food was well, not very good. I did not think that the episode was a very positive endorsement for the sponsor and certainly did not make me think I will start shopping for my groceries there.

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  3. I think the school district has overlooked that with New Year's Day falling on a Sunday, the national holiday will be observed on Monday, January 2nd by most businesses and government offices.

    But, the kids will be in school.

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  4. If I'm at Target and need 2 or 3 items i would probably get them there instead of checking out, then going over to Kroger. I don't think I would ever buy a weeks worth of groceries from Target. Just like I'm not buying a couch while I' m picking up milk and bread at Kroger. Call me old fashioned, but I'll buy groceries at the grocery store and housewares at the houseware store.

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  5. Ken - thanks for the comment. Don't get me wrong - I will support Fort Thomas business, did tonight actually by dining at the Pub - but you have to run a business in a professional manner. Would you put a sign up like that in your framing shop?

    Also - I was just making a comment about the odd mix of ethnic foods. It would be like opening a cajun crepe restaurant - that is odd in any country. I assume their concept is Chinese but they will also have sushi.

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  6. To defend the concept...to someone actually from China, American Chinese is not really very Chinese at all. Just the idea of lumping the numerous different regions of Chinese cuisine under one label is not very authentic by itself. How many places do you see that pick up on popular trends and offer Thai and Sushi under one roof? Why does it matter? Do you care that chili's has terriyaki chicken?

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  7. I really enjoy shopping at Target for groceries when they have the expanded produce and everything. I like the archer brand they carry and I find their prices are usually better than the gigantic kroger in newport, but who knows how they will compare when nearby.

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  8. Why is it that food service owners always get the most "advice" from people that have never owned or operated a food establishment? Let the owners get a chance to open their doors before you pass such judgement onto them or any other business. Quite possibly they are working elsewhere to finance such a risky project in this economy? Health issues? Family in need? Give them a break from your "expert advice", that by now has probably influenced many people to not even try their place if it even gets open.

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  9. BTW - Cajun Crepes might not be as "out there" as you might think, insofar as one of the primary contributions to Cajun is the French influence... :-)

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  10. That is an interesting point about the school calendar and the New Year's Day holiday. Most businesses and government offices will observe the holiday on January 2, 2012. I wonder if they will revise the calendar? I'm not sure that I mind the kids going back though, after almost 10 days off, they might as well go back and get out at Memorial Day.

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  11. Right on Ken!
    Call a spade a spade. That building has been vacant for over three years. Now somebody is investing in our community and Dan is posting this story. Thats what happens when we give some people a little credit. They blow it!

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  12. Who is Dan? The sign is a little ridiculous, isn't it?

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  13. I would love to try a cajun crepe.

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