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Four people hoping to open up a restaurant in Leominster pitched their plans to members of the Leominster License Commission on Monday.
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Nov 11, 2008
 

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People aren't eating in the small local places. They go to the box places where they can get huge portions of cheap food. I don't see how all of these places are going to survive in the current economic climate.
Let's all do our part and support the local restaurants!! The chains are all the same. I challenge all of you to go out and try a new local place.....you may be surprised at how unique each of them can be, not to mention they all do their part in supporting the community!
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ohh and it would be better to give to another big chain, or a women that her husband stole $$$, or possibly a front for someone else mr iacabonni????
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#24
Nov 11, 2008
 
Well ya had to know Leominster hasn't heard the last of the Gitto's!!!!
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Nov 12, 2008
 
Support local business wrote:
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Let's all do our part and support the local restaurants!! The chains are all the same. I challenge all of you to go out and try a new local place.....you may be surprised at how unique each of them can be, not to mention they all do their part in supporting the community!
Why should we support local places when they charge big city prices for food that isn't always worth it? I have no problem going local provided the quality matches the prices. The chains are not all the same, they have similar offerings but I guarantee you each one has something over other. Why do you think one tends to be more crowded than the other? A big chunk of the time chains do more community work than locals, they hire locals and follow proper employment and business laws.
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If the liquor commission "buys into" Lori Gitto opening a family restaurant then I would like to sell them a great piece of ocean front property in Nebraska!! Come on, she doesn't have the experience or intelligence to open and run a restaurant. She's fronting for someone else...apparently a nice Irish/Italian boy who previously owned a limousine company.
Give the license to Kenny Ricker!! He does a GREAT job with On The Rocks! How can he be passed over THREE TIMES?!?! He is a hardworking and sincere family man who is looking to bring something different and fun to this area. We have Pizza, Italian and Chinese in abundance here. A nice sports type bar with a Tapas menu is current and would be a welcome change. I know the Irish/Italian behind Lori Gitto and he's a good guy, too, but what was he thinking...surely there was someone with a bit more credibility and integrity to step in if he is serious about the business! Just my opinion...
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Nov 12, 2008
 
Interesting wrote:
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Why should we support local places when they charge big city prices for food that isn't always worth it? I have no problem going local provided the quality matches the prices. The chains are not all the same, they have similar offerings but I guarantee you each one has something over other. Why do you think one tends to be more crowded than the other? A big chunk of the time chains do more community work than locals, they hire locals and follow proper employment and business laws.
I don't think they all charge big city prices, that is a bit of a generalization. I do agree the Blue Marlin was overpriced for the quality of the food.
I spend the same if not more money with my family in a chain than I do at a local place. At least with the locals, I know where my money is going and in most cases the food is freshly prepared.
Chains definitely do support the community and I think you hear more about it because they are large corporations with a lot more money to spend on advertising and promotions.
My main point was that maybe people ought to start thinking locally....give them a chance first and if you are not satisified there are plenty of other choices. The big guys will survive....the little ones have more of a challenge.
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Nov 12, 2008
 
Get real wrote:
If the liquor commission "buys into" Lori Gitto opening a family restaurant then I would like to sell them a great piece of ocean front property in Nebraska!! Come on, she doesn't have the experience or intelligence to open and run a restaurant. She's fronting for someone else...apparently a nice Irish/Italian boy who previously owned a limousine company.
Give the license to Kenny Ricker!! He does a GREAT job with On The Rocks! How can he be passed over THREE TIMES?!?! He is a hardworking and sincere family man who is looking to bring something different and fun to this area. We have Pizza, Italian and Chinese in abundance here. A nice sports type bar with a Tapas menu is current and would be a welcome change. I know the Irish/Italian behind Lori Gitto and he's a good guy, too, but what was he thinking...surely there was someone with a bit more credibility and integrity to step in if he is serious about the business! Just my opinion...
Agreed on the Lori Gitto front!
As for Ricker, I think he is looking to open a bar vs a restaurant and they know that and don't see the need for another bar. Just glad to see they are all local!!
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Leominster, MA

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#29
Nov 12, 2008
 
I've seen the question about the Monty's License come up on a few posts and that license was returned to the City last December and it was given to Texas Roadhouse, which is opening down on 117 near Lowe's.
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#30
Nov 12, 2008
 
I think at any bar at anytime things can happen but the way things are taken care of at OTR are wonderful. The owners and their staff do a fantastic job of keeping the place great and very much under control. Do us all a favor and stay in Waltham
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Nov 12, 2008
 
Stay in Waltham wrote:
I think at any bar at anytime things can happen but the way things are taken care of at OTR are wonderful. The owners and their staff do a fantastic job of keeping the place great and very much under control. Do us all a favor and stay in Waltham
That's hilarious because I could tell you to stay in Ohio, but since I have knowledge of how ip's work just because it says you're somewhere it doesn't mean you're there. So do me a favor and don't tread on my right to have the freedom to say things based on my experiences. Last time I checked people are entitled to their opinions so do me a favor and go pound sand.
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#32
Nov 12, 2008
 
I think the Marlin would have done better if they had the basics people love, like Haddock, Salmon and simpler foods. The overpriced martinis werent expected at the 'fun themed' fish place. Everything a la carte again too doesnt rest well with me, like her other restaurant.
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Nov 13, 2008
 
where is the monty licence?

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Fact is, most resturants fail within 18 months of opening, due to money problems, competition, and other issues. Except the "big box" chains who have the power and the cash to crush the competition.
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Nov 13, 2008
 
Interesting wrote:
Ricker should continue to focus on his Lunenburg establishment, nothing but trouble there. I know what happens in Lunenburg shouldn't have any hold on him wanting to open in Leominster, but you can clearly see how he runs an establishment that serves alcohol.

Obviously you do not frequent On The Rocks because if you did you would realize it is a very nice clean establishment that has a great following, the owners are constantly doing fundraisers for the community, and they are respectful and caring to all the customers. I have never seen any issues as far as fights or even arguements and I consider myself a regular satisfied customer
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#36
Nov 13, 2008
 
I cannot believe you could say anything negative about on the rocks or the owner. That place is so nice and it is probably the cleanest sportsbar I have ever been to. They offer great pub food for really cheap prices and they are so consistently good at what they do Leominster would be lucky if allowed them to come to town
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I hope part of the Monument Grill lady's "retooling" is a realization that she's not in Cambridge or Boston, and that she should stop trying to be (more of) a millionaire. Get off your high horse - if you're going to operate a "casual" restaurant, no entree should cost more than $15 / plate. Jerk.
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Nov 13, 2008
 
lisa wrote:
I cannot believe you could say anything negative about on the rocks or the owner. That place is so nice and it is probably the cleanest sportsbar I have ever been to. They offer great pub food for really cheap prices and they are so consistently good at what they do Leominster would be lucky if allowed them to come to town
Bottom line everyone is entitled to their own opinion and if you don't like my opinion of OTR that's on you. I can say and do as I please. Cleanest sportsbar, did they expand? Then again I tend to venture out to experience other places that have more quality and a line worth waiting in.
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#39
Nov 13, 2008
 
seriously i have not heard from anyone that doesn't like on the rocks or the owner that guy is the coolest he goes out of his way to make sure everyone has a good time, try going in on a sunday for the game you have to get there early to get a seat so he must be doing something right. perhaps the guy from waltham just doesn't know how to have a good time

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Nov 13, 2008
 
I think the "goal" of the Blue Marlin was to bring an "upscale" resturant to Leominster, as other business's are trying the same thing (i.e. tanning salon, etc.) This is not Boston or Wellesley...
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sean from townsend wrote:
seriously i have not heard from anyone that doesn't like on the rocks or the owner that guy is the coolest he goes out of his way to make sure everyone has a good time, try going in on a sunday for the game you have to get there early to get a seat so he must be doing something right. perhaps the guy from waltham just doesn't know how to have a good time
I can voice my opinion as freely as I please if you don't like it oh well. Believe me I know how to have a good time. Try venturing out of the sticks to a real sports bar you will find nicer. I'm not from Waltham it's where the ip address comes from. If I lived in Waltham I wouldn't bother reading this garbage paper.

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