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spanky

Bartlett, IL

#61 Jun 11, 2009
Bart Soccer Mama wrote:
Loved this place! Great prices and excellent food! Will be back for sure!!!:)
Doubt it!
Jerry Steinberg Bartlett

AOL

#62 Jun 13, 2009
Ashamed of Bartlett wrote:
To Pooks, Scoot and Weiside-
Your reviews are so obviously spiteful, biased and full of malice. Everyone is entitled to express their own opinion, however, you apparently dont have enough intelligence to realize how stupid you actually sound. I dont doubt that you will continue to air your ridiculous lack of upbringing at the expense of some defenseless restaurant you so obviously feel intimidated by. Continue your psycho-babble and hope that someone cares, more importantly, that you finally resolve some of your issues!!
This quote is on target. We just lost one of the best restaurants in the area (Best New Restaurant from the Daily Herald) because a) Bartleters don't support local businesses, b) complain endlessly (psychobabble) and are destined to eat at mediocre diners due to the lack of support.

Blue Ribbon's failure to attract the local community regularly even in a bad economy is a shame. It looks like we are destined to be a McD and DQ haven and will have to travel to Schaumburg, Naperville or Oak Brook or downtown Chicago for comparable food. Blue Ribbon was run by Chicago Greektown stalwart "Athena" Restaurant
and featured a lot of the same fresh fish, skirt steaks and other treats we obviously did not deserve.
Arrghhh

Winfield, IL

#63 Jun 15, 2009
Jerry Steinberg Bartlett wrote:
<quoted text>
This quote is on target. We just lost one of the best restaurants in the area (Best New Restaurant from the Daily Herald) because a) Bartleters don't support local businesses, b) complain endlessly (psychobabble) and are destined to eat at mediocre diners due to the lack of support.
Blue Ribbon's failure to attract the local community regularly even in a bad economy is a shame. It looks like we are destined to be a McD and DQ haven and will have to travel to Schaumburg, Naperville or Oak Brook or downtown Chicago for comparable food. Blue Ribbon was run by Chicago Greektown stalwart "Athena" Restaurant
and featured a lot of the same fresh fish, skirt steaks and other treats we obviously did not deserve.
Too bad it's not that simple or easy. People do not go to places they do not like. Blue Ribbon did not know what it wanted to be. And at best the food there was average. Heck, in my opinion,(if I'm allowed to have one) there is nothing special about Athena either.

Times are tough, and if the occasional night out means going to other 'burbs or even the city that's what I'll do. Just because it's in my own town doesn't obligate me or anyone else to go there.

I always look to businesses in my own town before I hit the road to other areas.
Vibrant business districts would include the higher end resturants. Unfortunatly, too many years of short sighted board members and the Village administration has let growth stall, probabaly for good.
Herkemer

United States

#64 Jun 29, 2009
Sources tell me that Blue Ribbon is remodeling and will reopen at the end of July.
uh huh

Peotone, IL

#65 Jun 29, 2009
Herkemer wrote:
Sources tell me that Blue Ribbon is remodeling and will reopen at the end of July.
Remodel - the establishment was new; what's to remodel?

If true; this will simply continue to reinforce the identity crisis Blue Ribbon had in the first place.
MrItalia

Des Plaines, IL

#66 Jun 29, 2009
I don't think so, I hear that the village of Bartlett is going to cut a deal with the owner of the building and "THE VILLAGE OF BARTLETT" will pay the rent. Blue Ribbon was just open and remodeled already. Why the village will put Bartlett money at risk for a business that will never make it there??????
uh huh

Winfield, IL

#67 Jun 30, 2009
MrItalia wrote:
I don't think so, I hear that the village of Bartlett is going to cut a deal with the owner of the building and "THE VILLAGE OF BARTLETT" will pay the rent. Blue Ribbon was just open and remodeled already. Why the village will put Bartlett money at risk for a business that will never make it there??????
This better not be true, and I cannot imagine that it is given the current economic climate. If they do this for the Blue Ribbon they have to do it for everybody. I pay taxes; this is my (our) money being talked about. I do not wish to be a landlord.

However they did reduce the "rent" at the train station coffee shop. It was supposed to be for 3 months or so to give the owner a chance to get on his feet. I have to wonder if he is standing up yet and the greedy village is getting their 1200.00 per month out of the guy.
Herkemer

United States

#68 Jun 30, 2009
uh huh wrote:
<quoted text>
Remodel - the establishment was new; what's to remodel?
If true; this will simply continue to reinforce the identity crisis Blue Ribbon had in the first place.
It's not a gut and rebuild. They're going to tweak it a bit including the menu.
MrItalia

Huntley, IL

#69 Jun 30, 2009
go to the village and ask how they are going to use the TIF money
uh huh

Winfield, IL

#70 Jun 30, 2009
MrItalia wrote:
go to the village and ask how they are going to use the TIF money
Interesting stuff - I did not make the EDC Special Meeting for the 29th. I suppose anything is possible.

What is ironic is that for the past 2 years there was a proposal for a gas station, subway etc at the corner of Lake and Bartlett Road. There were so many meetings, reviews and discussions that the coarne is now vacant except for the busses that belong to the church next door. I'm not even sure it's their property.

The village on the whole is a bit of a dump. If you don't believe me, head south on Oak from Lake Street.. Pathetic.
pooks

Chicago, IL

#71 Aug 12, 2009
If I hear one more time that this place is going to reopen I'm gona puke! They want TIF's (because the town center is empty). Give me a break! If you take the money away from Barletter's they are not going to come to your joint! Tif's take away from the property taxes that are supposed to go to schools and fire districts and police protection. Try to figure out a way on your own with your own money to make it work. Then people may decide to come to your place of business. Oh yeah - maybe have some good food and atmosphere!
bad monkey

Aurora, IL

#72 Aug 13, 2009
pooks wrote:
If I hear one more time that this place is going to reopen I'm gona puke! They want TIF's (because the town center is empty). Give me a break! If you take the money away from Barletter's they are not going to come to your joint! Tif's take away from the property taxes that are supposed to go to schools and fire districts and police protection. Try to figure out a way on your own with your own money to make it work. Then people may decide to come to your place of business. Oh yeah - maybe have some good food and atmosphere!
it's over - nothig is going in any of those open spots... i agree end the tif and return the funds.
got a question

Naperville, IL

#73 Oct 7, 2010
Hey there, never wrote in one of these "post comments" places before - but I do know how to spell & punctuate ...(Don't hit me please)

My question is: What, besides a good restaurant (I don't disagree on that want, and also miss the Wine Bin), would you like to see in that center?

Would you go to a book store / cozy coffee place, with some good afternoon & evening entertainment options? I want a book store AND a place to hang out that has some personality, but I'm curious as to whether I'm alone in that.
bres

Bartlett, IL

#74 Oct 12, 2010
cigar shop/lounge

Since: Oct 10

Naperville, IL

#75 Oct 12, 2010
thanks for the input Bres - but remember, you probably wouldn't be able to smoke the cigar IN the lounge :)

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