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  • in reply to: Havana Video Lounge #491712

    Oak
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    Liquor control isn’t showing a transfer of license yet – but it might be in process. You can see who has what license where by going to: https://www.comapps.ohio.gov/liqr/liqr_apps/PermitLookup/Default.aspx

    All the bars in the short north have gays, but gay bars – I think only three are left: Axis, Union and Level. ‘Course I’ve heard that two of the three are quietly (not so quietly) for sale. But that’s been rumor for a while.

    Columbus’ gay bar scene is a far cry from what it was when I was a kinder-queer in 1993 and went to the Garage. We were just talking about this last night; video killed the radio star – the internet killed the gay bar

    in reply to: Bexley: Safe or Unsafe? #478666

    Oak
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    Anj197 – don’t be lulled into a false sense of security. Crime can and does happen anywhere. I’ve seen crime in “great” neighborhoods and less crime in “bad” neighborhoods. There are parts of town where you are statistically more or less prone to crime.
    Bexley PD does not put crime statistics or a crime map on the website, but Columbus does. My suggestion is to find a home that you might like on a website like metro-rentals.com and then drive the neighborhood; not just the block where you might live, but a good 5 block radius to get a good idea of what’s going on around you. Just because on a crime map there isn’t any crime doesn’t mean it’s not going. Crime is greatly under-reported in all neighborhoods but sometimes more so in lower income neighborhoods because the residents don’t want to interact with the police. So on a crime map you’ll see very low “crimes” but that’s not for a lack of crime, just a lack of reporting. I could go into a whole dissertation on perceptions of crime and criminality in urban neighborhoods, but i’m saving that for my Master’s thesis :)

    in reply to: The Clarmont Closes – Panera Planned for Location #478603

    Oak
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    I have to agree with Twixlen – it was too expensive to be “eh”. The last time I was there was Valentines of 2011 with my now-ex. We ordered the fruit, cracker and cheese plate for $20 as a starter. It looked like cheese from Giant Eagle cut into cubes, Ritz and Townhouse crackers with fruit. The fruit was the best part. The onion rings were the best deal – a huge plate!
    Honestly I hadn’t been impressed with it for a while and haven’t been back. My roomie and his boyfriend always seemed to have good experiences there tho – so maybe it was just me. It’s easy to say that a new menu and some redecorating might has saved it; seems that’s the way it works on Restaurant Impossible. But I’ve seen the epilogues from Restaurant Impossible; even with all of their work, the place sometimes fails regardless of the changes and work.
    I’ve also been to The Top – better atmosphere, but same too expensive to be eh food.

    in reply to: Blazer's in the Short North #462131

    Oak
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    I just did some researching – looks like they got evicted.
    Case No. 2011 CVG 032625
    Set out was scheduled for the 19th, so Karen must have had the trucks there to move all of the stuff out before the bailiffs arrived.

    in reply to: Cubicles? #403885

    Oak
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    in reply to: Bravo Cucina coming to Lennox #403725

    Oak
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    Baja Sol was terrible anyway. Who wanted half-assed tex-mex when you can go have fulled assed tex-mex at El Vaquero just down the road? At least Bravo Cucina Italiana doesn’t have bad commercials that make me want to spoon the eyeballs out of my head (I’m talking to you Olive Garden).


    Oak
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    Hells yea +1!
    Oh wait…you weren’t being serious. Damn. And here I thought I was in for a good ole Dark Ages veggie tossing romp. My bad.
    But seriously tho – why should my meal be intrupted because someone wants to hustle?
    I’m getting kind of tired of feeling bad that I work hard and have $6 to get a 9/10 combo at Lac Viet and feeling like I can’t enjoy my meal in at least a little bit of peace.
    I’m not anti-homeless; i’m anti-harassment.


    Oak
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    This was actually a topic of discussion at the SNBA (Short North Business Association) meeting this week. A lot of the merchants were commenting on the increase in the number of homeless, panhandlers and agressive panhandling that they see going on. Officer Steve (the neighborhood liason officer) said that due to the redistricting, the number of officers working the Short North had been reduced and he said that people are testing the thresholds of the new system to see what they could get away with. He also said there was a HUGE uptick in car break-in’s last month as well.

    in reply to: Police Response (or lack thereof…) #400534

    Oak
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    I can “maybe” shed a little light into the dispatching process for Columbus. Calls that come in aren’t done on a first come, they are assigned a priority status; essentially a triage system. Higher priority calls get pushed to the top of the queue in a constantly changing lineup. It is possible and happens on a fairly frequent basis that low priority calls (i.e. property crime reports) get pushed to the bottom and maybe don’t make their way to the top of the pile until the next day! That’s because higher priority calls (felonies and violent crimes in progress) keep flowing in. While this system does make you wait on occasion, it does assure that resources are freed up when really bad things are happening. I’m sure that you wouldn’t want police response to a moving gun battle to be delayed because they were taking a report of a smashed car window. Columbus Police also have a self-reporting system that you can use to report crimes if you don’t want to wait on an officer.

    in reply to: Embarrassed by High Street #389896

    Oak
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    That’s probably true. If I owned a building and had deep pockets and my options were to spend a LOT of loot to fix it up where I “might” get a return on my investment in years, or just let it sit and pay the basic property taxes and utilities to keep it within basic code; I think I would probably let it sit, lose money and take it as a “loss” on my taxes. Where is my incentive to fix it up? There isn’t one. I might actually “make” more money taking it as a loss on my taxes!

    in reply to: Embarrassed by High Street #389892

    Oak
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    One of the things that I always notice about downtown is the sorry state of the buildings. Who wants to move into a building that looks like it might fall down around you? For example, take the Madison’s building, it looks like hell! What about that old crap shack at Broad and High – it was in such sorry shape and the city shut it down and forced the camera shop to close before someone was killed. The they finally tore it down and built the new building in its place. It’s all about broken windows theory IMO. If you want to attract business, the owners of those sorry buildings need to either be given some incentives (carrot or stick) to fix them up and get them leased.
    Having lived/worked/partied in DC, I can also tell you that after a) the govt shift ends and b) the museaums close, downtown DC also looks like the set of “I Am Legend”.

    in reply to: Grapes of Mirth #388711

    Oak
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    Oh by no means am I anti-tax. You have to pay your taxes – it’s one of the two certainties in life. However, the liquor and tax codes are filled with a lot of “if then” statements and it reads like a “choose your own adventure” novel where most of the choices you make lead you down the path of doom or the road of regret. Hopefully, GOM gets the “go back to page 1” option and finds his way out of this. I’ve always enjoyed the large selection and friendly service there!

    in reply to: Grapes of Mirth #388708

    Oak
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    In a past life, I worked with liquor controls agents and the control agency. Its exactly what Rus said “a large complex regulatory structure requiring large number of people devoted to it…” Not only that, but they’re trying to enforce late 1800/early 1900’s laws into modern society which in and of itself is like trying to ram a square peg into a round hole. The whole alcohol code needs to be trashed and reworked. Blue laws are an antiquated legislated morality from an era when people talked about you if you didnt’ show up to church on Sunday. However – tax dodging is a no no. I’m really hoping it was just an oversight and he can get it all patched up and be back in business soon!
    On a side note, I wish liquor control would spend more time shutting down shady booze joints where they have shootings instead of sending a seizure squad to the North Market. Just sayin…

    in reply to: Mouton #374642

    Oak
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    *jaw drops* I’m supposed to be getting the Spring Water! I best not be paying for bottled Hilliard water (mental note to investigate) but I refer back to my comment that it doesn’t taste like city water. But we digress & derail – this is supposed to be about Mouton – not Nestle possibly screwing me.

    in reply to: Mouton #374639

    Oak
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    Liz – not sure – but it def tasted like city water. Not sure where it came from (gun or tap) but I detest city water so much that I have Ice Mountain deliver water to my house. It had that treated-with-chemicals-and-chlorine-with-a-floride-back taste to it. I could be wrong tho – I’m good, but not infallable (especially with my spelling). If it was from a gun – i’d have multi-flow look at that filter.

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