The N-G has an article about Buttitta's closing. In it, the owner says people must prefer chain restaurants instead of local restaurants and that's why their business was successful.
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Eesh. Whatta bloodbath. I prolly wouldn't have commented if I had realized how many other folks would pile on.
I feel bad for the employees and all but they were doomed from the start, I fear. Big *huge* space, inconsistent food quality, and shitty service will not build a clientele. On the other hand, Black Dog is a perfect example of how you can maximize a small space, provide a superior product with excellent service, and succeed. There is a line at Black Dog from 11am to 9pm practically. They run out of the specialty items because they are so wonderfully prepared. And they have fantastic service.
I also have to say...I can't believe they don't own that building with all the renovations they did to it. That seems like an enormous expense.