Spooners Cafe is latest casualty in d...

Spooners Cafe is latest casualty in downtown Allentown

There are 58 comments on the The Morning Call story from Jun 4, 2009, titled Spooners Cafe is latest casualty in downtown Allentown. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

Linda McGoey opened Spooners Cafe on Allentown's Hamilton Street in August 2006 with the idea of attracting a key demographic: downtown office workers.

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Korea

#1 Jun 4, 2009
So in last year, King Edwin counts as successes already 3 Maybe Projects which are yet to be completed or opened as ongoing enterprises. The reality is that in last year at least 9 businesses with some having very long operating histories have shut their doors.

Hence, the only success is a pack and ship location which bypasses the scrutiny that would occcur at US Post Office.

Thanks Pawlowski for 7 years of destroying Allentown with your lame brain, brain.


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In the last year, Hamilton Street has lost
1. Rite Aid
2. Johnny Mananas + wasted government grants totalling $1 million
3. Federal Grill
4. Xtreme Fitness/Daro's Extreme Fitness III
5. Freeman Jewelers
6. New York Floral Co.
7. Spooners Cafe
8. The Crave Lounge, an eclectic restaurant. The Crave was sold days ago to owners of the The Bada Bingg, a sandwich stand at Allentown Farmers Market. So it is a failure that will be reopened as something else.
9. Trinkle's Cafe

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1. Hamilton Postal Center, a pack-and-ship business, yet we have a post office at 5th & Hamilton.

Maybes
1. Cosmopolitan Restaurant
2. Bada Bingg owners are planning to open their business at the former Crave by the end of the month.
3. In addition, a group of investors are looking to redevelop the group of buildings across the street from Allentown Brew Works, adding a restaurant and other retailers.

''We have 10,000 people that work here through the day and there are a lot business opportunities,'' he said.''We are actively recruiting folks to come into the downtown.''

>>>Yet at the stroke of 5' they exit enmass out of the downtown. Thanks non-Economic Development Director and King of Transfer Payments Edwiin Pawlumphead.
craveman

Bethlehem, PA

#2 Jun 4, 2009
Gee, "comment". I think you should run for mayor. Of course, you'd have to live in the city. Nevermind.
The Dude

Bethlehem, PA

#3 Jun 4, 2009
I can't help but think the "perceived crime problem" along with the downturn in the economy are both to blame.

The Downtown Area was hemorrhaging businesses and jobs well before the recent crash.

Hamilton St. looks awful.

There seems to be more stores boarded up than are open.

The malingerers and defectives hanging around west of the statue all look like they were just released from L.C.P.

The Mayor needs to find a few more transplants to open "barber shops" and "nail salons" to fill in all the empty spaces.
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Korea

#4 Jun 4, 2009
craveman wrote:
Gee, "comment". I think you should run for mayor. Of course, you'd have to live in the city. Nevermind.
I am an official resident, haven't missed a vote in over 24 years and I pay my taxes on time. You are right, but I have other responsibilities other than thinking for city council and a mayor who seem not to have the capacity to do such even though they are there in person.

As always, thank you to all for replies.
Edward Scissorhand

Korea

#5 Jun 4, 2009
I am ready to open up. Please give me 10 years of no taxes and a $10 million plus grant/loan equivalent to Brew Works.

I will do wonders on everyone's head. Holiday Hair has nothing on me.

I can even shave Mr. Baldy, Edwin Pawlumphead's lumpy head.
dont forget

Harrisburg, PA

#6 Jun 4, 2009
comment wrote:
So in last year, King Edwin counts as successes already 3 Maybe Projects which are yet to be completed or opened as ongoing enterprises. The reality is that in last year at least 9 businesses with some having very long operating histories have shut their doors.
Hence, the only success is a pack and ship location which bypasses the scrutiny that would occcur at US Post Office.
Thanks Pawlowski for 7 years of destroying Allentown with your lame brain, brain.
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In the last year, Hamilton Street has lost
1. Rite Aid
2. Johnny Mananas + wasted government grants totalling $1 million
3. Federal Grill
4. Xtreme Fitness/Daro's Extreme Fitness III
5. Freeman Jewelers
6. New York Floral Co.
7. Spooners Cafe
8. The Crave Lounge, an eclectic restaurant. The Crave was sold days ago to owners of the The Bada Bingg, a sandwich stand at Allentown Farmers Market. So it is a failure that will be reopened as something else.
9. Trinkle's Cafe
Ins
1. Hamilton Postal Center, a pack-and-ship business, yet we have a post office at 5th & Hamilton.
Maybes
1. Cosmopolitan Restaurant
2. Bada Bingg owners are planning to open their business at the former Crave by the end of the month.
3. In addition, a group of investors are looking to redevelop the group of buildings across the street from Allentown Brew Works, adding a restaurant and other retailers.
''We have 10,000 people that work here through the day and there are a lot business opportunities,'' he said.''We are actively recruiting folks to come into the downtown.''
>>>Yet at the stroke of 5' they exit enmass out of the downtown. Thanks non-Economic Development Director and King of Transfer Payments Edwiin Pawlumphead.
Don't forget the millions of tax dollars wasted moving the Penndot building downtown. That decision was made to "stimulate the downtown economy". That was two and a half years ago. More businesses have closed up than opened in that time period.
Sam

Emmaus, PA

#7 Jun 4, 2009
I think that without new leadership and ideas, Allentown will continue following in the footsteps of places like Coatesville.
Sal Governale

Allentown, PA

#8 Jun 4, 2009
Maybe they need to put up some taco stands in those vacant stores. Maybe a "drug" store, gang clubhouses, gun store, how about a firearms course..........Crap they are already downtown, well so much for that idea.
The Dude

Bethlehem, PA

#9 Jun 4, 2009
Sam wrote:
I think that without new leadership and ideas, Allentown will continue following in the footsteps of places like Coatesville.
More like the city of Detroit.
JASON

Bethlehem, PA

#10 Jun 4, 2009
gee... this has got to be the worst choice of a Mayor Allentown has ever made.Vote him out this November Please!
Lehighton

Bethlehem, PA

#11 Jun 4, 2009
I wouldn't go to downtown Allentown if you pay me, I would be too worry for my life.
Bob in Allentown

Blandon, PA

#12 Jun 4, 2009
Mr. Mayor has to realize that he threw Hamilton street under a Lanta bus (that no longer goes there). One success, Brewworks, is not going to win you the next election. And the Cosmopolitian?? Well, it's June and that building is barely a pile of steel- that isn't going to be finished by election time. And even if it was- it can't carry all of Allentown. What is going to get businesses and people downtown? And what hope does the American Center have if there is a competing reception hall across the street? Oh but wait, I forgot- The Brew works does enough business and pays enough taxes to carry all of downtown--not.

“Matthew 5:10”

Since: Dec 08

Allentown

#13 Jun 4, 2009
Lehighton wrote:
I wouldn't go to downtown Allentown if you pay me, I would be too worry for my life.
Lehighton, unless you are a gang banger or a drug dealer, you are probably safe in Downtown Allentown. unfortuntately, there are not a lot of reasons to come Downtown.

It's a shame, because there are beautiful buildings, sitting vacant. It doesn't have to be this way. Look at Downtown Bethlehem! It's beautiful, but it was always that way.
Rosie

Newtown Square, PA

#14 Jun 4, 2009
So sorry to see Spooners close. They had the best soup and friendliest people working there. Good luck Linda, you and your delicious creations will be missed!!

“Matthew 5:10”

Since: Dec 08

Allentown

#15 Jun 4, 2009
I meant to type downtown Bethlehem was NOT always that way.
Blogger

Allentown, PA

#16 Jun 4, 2009
It's gonna take a miracle to get downtown back to it's glory. Business owners have the idea that there are workers who will come into their establishments to eat but because of the growing crime in town most people would rather travel at lunchtime despite the gas prices.
Hmm Hmm Good

United States

#17 Jun 4, 2009
There was nothing better than a bowl of jailhouse chili on cold day. Thank you Linda. Good luck, I wish you the best. P.S. Bethlehem could use a great soup and sandwich shop.
tre45

Allentown, PA

#18 Jun 4, 2009
JASON wrote:
gee... this has got to be the worst choice of a Mayor Allentown has ever made.Vote him out this November Please!
Until the problem of the population is at least ACKNOWLEDGED, it will not get any better. If one ignores cancer, it will not go away. Clean out the thugs, illegals, and convicts from NY/NJ, and THEN we can talk about a brighter future. Until then, it's lipstick on a pig.

The mayor is clueless, and that is being generous!
wow

Allentown, PA

#19 Jun 4, 2009
Krissa wrote:
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Lehighton, unless you are a gang banger or a drug dealer, you are probably safe in Downtown Allentown. unfortuntately, there are not a lot of reasons to come Downtown.
It's a shame, because there are beautiful buildings, sitting vacant. It doesn't have to be this way. Look at Downtown Bethlehem! It's beautiful, but it was always that way.
You're right, but unfortunately most people don't know that. A lot of people who've moved here recently--and even many who've grown up here--think that downtown Bethlehem just magically evolved into this wonderful destination where everyone wants to spend time. But it didn't happen by accident. It took a lot of forward-thinking people to make the downtown what it is today...and there were a lot of naysayers who thought it couldn't happen. Sadly, Allentown's leaders haven't exercised the good judgment of their Bethlehem counterparts, and their citizenry has to pay the price for that. I don't think it's too late for Allentown to turn around, and I hope it will never be too late, but I do think the city needs a new leader. I don't see anything good happening while the current guy is in office.
citizen

Allentown, PA

#20 Jun 4, 2009
Downtown Allentown is a real dump. Garbage in the streets, insanely loud car stereos, scuzbags loitering.
The mayor and the cops don't care about cleaning this town up, so why should I?

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