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  • in reply to: Press Grill Concept Going into Former Grandview Graffiti Burger #1124438

    zp945
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    I think Press Grill was opened by the Club 185/Rossi/Little Palace group but they sold it. The new owners would be the one opening this location? I’m not sure of that just what I think…

    in reply to: Columbus $15 Minimum Wage #1123299

    zp945
    Participant

    I feel like I’m listening to an argument about business between an Etsy entrepreneur and a EBay store proprietor.

    Ever own a business with over 10 employees?

    Ever own a business about to go past 50?

    Do you know what the Ohio CAT tax is?<br>
    Why is the response to saying regulation is a problem effecting job creation a freak out saying position is advocating returning us to sweat shops?

    What happens to a job that costs 15 dollars an hour due to regulation that doesn’t cover its cost with revenue?

    It goes away.

    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>spfld_expat wrote:</div>
    …..

    This is cute… It is a good thing the unemployment rate doesn’t include discouraged workers or workers who are not looking for a job. Here is an interesting fact, 33% of Americans 16 or over are not participating in the workforce, the highest since 1978. Yeah, the unemployment rate looks good, but that is because we created an environment where sitting on your butt is more lucrative than getting a job. Raising the minimum wage sounds like a good idea to get people back to work instead of on dependencies but employers aren’t going to pay the $15 which will result in more people jobless. The real question becomes how long until we run out of other peoples money? With a shrinking workforce, who is going to pay all those dependencies?

    Here is another one, the US median income of $53,657 is far below what it was in 1999. So we have higher inflation but not higher wages? Why do you think that is? Because the private sector environment squeezed out small businesses and there is less competition for goods and services which results in higher prices. So, in summary, we have higher prices, people earning less and a shrinking workforce because our dependencies are more lucrative then getting a job… I think the unemployment rate it pretty much obsolete in this discussion.

    There are times that I wish I didn’t currently own a business that employees way more than 10 employees and has been over 50, so that I could respond to these posts without retribution to my company. I also come from a family of entrepreneurs that have started a lot of companies and employed a lot of people. Our political views are varied. This is a nuanced issue that can’t be dumbed down to one side or the other. There will be winners and losers, like in all fights, the question is what gives us the most winners?

    Why did I quote you two specifically? I mean, the CAT tax? $150 on $1,000,000? No one is not starting a business because of that. I would argue that there are a LOT of ticky tack fees on businesses that most people don’t have to pay, CAT tax included. Those do add up and it should be looked at, but some of those are alarm user licenses and fire licenses, if I get robbed or my business is on fire, I’d like the police and fire department to show up. Some of those are protection licenses for the public, like the health department and the liquor control department. Do I like paying these fees as a business owner? Not really. Do they sometimes come at inopportune times cash flow wise? Yes. Do I think the general public enjoys a benefit from them? Yes.

    And I quoted you, steches02, because I opened my business in the fall of 2008. The economy sucked and we struggled for a time, but I got a lot of good employees that should have been working somewhere else but couldn’t. As the economy got better and the unemployment rate dropped my ability to hire low wage employees, that were quality employees, also dropped. I understand this might be an argument against a higher minimum wage, but again, it’s more nuanced than that. We didn’t lose all those good workers because they dropped out of the work force. We lost them because they got better jobs. Which is good for all of us. Columbus’ unemployment rate is less than 4%. Most people that want a job and are willing to do what they can to get one, have a job. Sure, outliers exist. Low unemployment is a good thing.

    in reply to: Clintonville Apartment Projects #1120505

    zp945
    Participant

    Despite the projects not necessarily being the best urban design, I find it amusing that Clintonville still found a way to kill them. With the sewer issue, they have affectively shut down all development on Indianola indefinitely- or at least until they get the issue resolved, which could take years.

    Are you saying that Clintonville residents somehow had a say in the Division Sewerage and Drainage killing these projects?

    in reply to: Light Rail in Central Ohio #1115675

    zp945
    Participant

    We need to ask everyone in the community: Are you ready to open your pocket…

    I’m a big fan of mass transit, and would love to see light rail here. But the problem for Columbus is that our taxes are already sky high (among the highest of any city in America). Wallets are already way, way open, and taxpayers have been showing recently that they’re at their limits (e.g., recent rejections of CCS and zoo levies).

    I don’t think asking everyone in the community to open their wallets even further is the answer. Elected leaders should look at creative funding options like a TIF on commercial property owners adjacent to the rail line (i.e., the landlords and developers who would benefit financially).

    In my experience a TIF is not carried by the developers. It’s passed on to the tenants. I’m not saying that’s a bad option but the people that end up paying for it aren’t always the ones that have the greatest gain.

    in reply to: Light Rail in Central Ohio #1115674

    zp945
    Participant

    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>jbcmh81 wrote:</div>
    Wasn’t there some organization that was going to release a list of potential priority mass transit routes this spring?

    Some organization? Yes there is, we call it COTA.

    In my experience, developers don’t carry the cost of a TIF. It’s passed on to the business owners. I’m not saying that TIF’s are bad. I’m saying that the cost rolls downhill to the people with a lower margin.

    in reply to: Light Rail in Central Ohio #1115673

    zp945
    Participant

    Clearly the biggest hurdle is cost and no amount of studies are going to make that go away. As a city we’ve invested so very heavily in our road infrastructure and it’s so good that’s it’s hard to make the argument for another sizeable investment in mass transit. When you can basically a can get anywhere in the gigantic geographic area that is Columbus in 20 min it’s hard to sell mass transit. “so you’re telling me you want me to pay higher taxes to go walk to a station to pay for a ticket to get to a place in twice the amount of time and then have to walk from that station to where I actually want to go?”

    I think the idea of driverless cars helps to make that argument even tougher. If I can sleep/read emails/do whatever on my way to work in a personal space and get picked up and dropped off exactly where I want to be without higher taxes that whole train thing seems even worse.

    I think the argument that you can get anywhere in 20 minutes is a bit outdated. We don’t have the worst traffic of a city our size but trying to go from downtown to anywhere beyond a central city neighborhood at rush hour certainly takes more than 20 minutes. I drive between downtown, the north side and the northeast side pretty frequently. It can take well over an hour to do that. Which isn’t unreasonable in a city this size.

    I would also really like to see another option, which I would use if it were available and would eliminate a lot of cars.

    in reply to: IKEA Considers Cleveland Store #1114893

    zp945
    Participant
    in reply to: Redevelopment of Little Brothers, Plasma Donation & House of Cigar #1101161

    zp945
    Participant

    It has been, and seems to continue to be, owned by the same person since at least 2000.

    http://property.franklincountyauditor.com/_web/datalets/datalet.aspx?mode=profileall&sIndex=0&idx=1&LMparent=20

    Maybe the transfer to Corso has not shown up on the auditors site yet. Maybe they are partners in the deal.

    in reply to: Job Openings in Columbus, Ohio #1095837

    zp945
    Participant

    To apply, please visit zpizza.com/jobs and complete an online application for our Short North location at 945 N High St, this will then go to the appropriate stores. Please indicate in application which store you would prefer to work at.

    Got a craving for something new?

    zpizza opened in 1986 with one simple idea. . . The best tasting food starts with ingredients that are naturally better for you. Today, as that idea has grown, the zpizza reputation for fresh, natural and flavorful food has earned us a place in the lives of locals, foodies, and fans all across the country. We are currently looking for team members and managers who are excited about what we do and can well represent the zpizza brand. Are you interested?

    Position: Kitchen Manager

    Summary: A zpizza Kitchen Manager provides leadership and a strong example to the rest of the zpizza team, primarily the cooks. The KM works closely with the General Manager to ensure all aspects of the operation are running effectively. This includes: cost controls, labor and food management, food quality, equipment, cleanliness, and team leadership to achieve overall operational excellence. Exceptional attention to detail, teamwork, and customer service are all major components of this position.

    Overview of primary responsibilities:
    1. Overall performance of kitchen.
    2. Proficiency at all levels in the kitchen, including recipe execution, quality standards, sanitation practices, and BOH management functions.
    3. Work with GM to meet financial targets and goals for entire operation.
    4. Proper staffing and training of BOH employees.
    5. Responsible for quality of food, kitchen operations, and equipment.
    6. Assure all Standard Operating Procedures are upheld.
    7. Assist with other projects as assigned.

    Requirements: Previous restaurant leadership experience preferred. Previous line cook experience. Must be 18 or older. Ability to read, write, and speak English

    Position:
    Cashier

    Summary:
    A zpizza cashier’s first responsibility is to provide guests with exceptional customer service. They are responsible for keeping certain parts of the restaurant in top condition for guests and for following safe food handling practices. They use the point of sale system and are responsible for following safe cash handling procedures. Attention to detail, teamwork, and overall responsibility are important parts of this position.

    Overview of primary responsibilities:
    1. Exhibits a cheerful and helpful manner with guests.
    2. Demonstrates a complete understanding of menu items and explains it to guests accurately and enthusiastically.
    3. Cleans as directed.
    4. Uses Point of Sale system/cash register to take the order and complete payment. Accounts for all forms of money during the shift.
    5. Understands and adheres to proper food handling, safety and sanitization standards while preparing food, serving food, and clean up.
    6. Maintains professional appearance and grooming standards
    7. Performs light paperwork duties.
    8. Is a team player and willing to assist other members with their duties.

    Requirements:
    Previous restaurant or customer service experience a plus.
    Ability to read, write, and speak English.

    To apply, please visit zpizza.com/jobs and complete an online application for our location.

    Position: Delivery Driver

    Summary: A zpizza delivery driver is responsible for delivering orders to guests in a safe, sanitary, and friendly fashion. They use the point of sale system and are responsible for following safe cash handling procedures. Exceptional attention to detail, teamwork, and customer service are all major components of this position.

    Overview of primary responsibilities:
    1. Drives safely and responsibly at all times and follows all traffic laws.
    2. Exhibits a cheerful and helpful manner with guests.
    3. Demonstrates a complete understanding of menu items and can identify them for guests accurately. 4. Cleans as directed.
    5. Uses Point of Sale system/cash register. Accounts for all forms of money during the shift.
    6. Understands and adheres to proper food handling, safety and sanitization standards while preparing food, serving food, and clean up.
    7. Maintains professional appearance and grooming standards
    8. Performs light paperwork duties.
    9. Is a team player and willing to assist other members with their duties.

    Requirements: Previous delivery experience a plus. Extensive knowledge of the delivery area. Must be 18 or older. Must have had a driver’s license for a minimum of two years, active car insurance, and a clean driving record. Ability to read, write, and speak English

    Position: Cook

    Summary: A zpizza cook prepares and cooks food, engages guests, and maintains food safety and sanitation standards.

    SHIFTS: Full and part time positions available

    Overview of primary responsibilities:
    1. Prepares food neatly, accurately, and in a timely and safe way.
    2. Exhibits a cheerful and helpful manner when dealing with guests.
    3. Checks products and restocks items to ensure a sufficient supply throughout the shift.
    4. Cleans as directed.
    5. Understands and adheres to proper food handling, safety and sanitization standards while preparing food, cooking food, and clean up.
    6. Maintains professional appearance and grooming.
    7. Performs light paperwork duties.
    8. Is a team player and willing to assist other members with their duties.

    Requirements:
    Must be 18 or older.
    Previous restaurant cooking experience required.
    Ability to understand, read, and speak English.

    To apply, please visit zpizza.com/jobs and complete an online application for our location.

    in reply to: Day Trips #1084295

    zp945
    Participant

    The last two posts sparked me to plan a trip with my son (4 years old) and head to Cincinnati on Sunday. We are going to try and do both the castle and the aquarium. I’m looking for a unique, kid friendly place to eat while we are down there. Any suggestions?

    in reply to: FUSIAN – Fast-Casual Sushi #1076349

    zp945
    Participant

    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>meltsintowonder wrote:</div>
    I was a part of the conversation for the liquor options on these addresses before. The developer can put it on the ballot because they own the address, but a tenant looking at an empty property would have to take over an address (lease), get it on the ballot, and wait, which isn’t conducive to opening a food or drink business in Clintonville. It’s a lot easier in other municipalities without the archaic laws.

    Are you sure about this? I don’t remember Wine Bistro having another issue on the ballot when they opened. I know they need to find/obtain a license, but I believe the permit goes with the site.

    I think that may be because Metropolitan Partners is both the developer/owner of the property AND the operator of The Wine Bistro.

    in reply to: Bike Share Systems in Columbus #1067980

    zp945
    Participant

    While I agree that it’s a shame that there are two different systems, I think the options listed make this particular system a better fit for Campus:

    “It will include a variety of bicycles. Along with basic commuter models, students will be able to rent tandem bicycles, three-wheeled cargo bikes, heavy duty bikes and others that can be pedaled with handles or with assistance from electricity.”

    I wish these were options for CoGo. Maybe OSU made the right choice and the City made the wrong choice.

    in reply to: New Domino's Downtown #1056068

    zp945
    Participant

    Maybe it’s because I own zpizza, but I very rarely want a $7 pizza or a $1 hamburger. I understand pizza is a commodity based business, because that’s what the race to the bottom between large chains has given us, but I will happily pay a little bit more to have far superior ingredients. Also, We will sell you a $7 pizza. It will just be a small and not 2 mediums. You can even get an XL slice for the low price of $3!

    Sorry to derail. I hope Domino’s does well here. I’m glad to see a large chain taking a chance on a not so established part of Downtown and I’m happy Chute Gerdeman did the work!

    in reply to: Judgmental Maps #1038499

    zp945
    Participant

    I think the Republicans living North of Lane in U.A. will be SHOCKED when they realize they are even richer than the Republicans South of Lane.

    I think these maps are funny, when taken for what they are. There have been a few of them done, all pretty similar.

    I live in stroller traffic jam and have two kids that I push around in a giant double stroller, so…


    zp945
    Participant

    Ha. Nevermind, maybe try the enter contest link.

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