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OT: The Mayflower- Live Pic

Posted on 3/27/24 at 6:42 pm
Posted by deeprig9
Unincorporated Ozora, Georgia
Member since Sep 2012
63797 posts
Posted on 3/27/24 at 6:42 pm
Under renovation to become a Chipotle.

Posted by meansonny
ATL
Member since Sep 2012
25502 posts
Posted on 3/27/24 at 10:19 pm to
Thank God. One can never find a place to sell burritos downtown.


/s
Posted by RealDawg
Dawgville
Member since Nov 2012
9358 posts
Posted on 3/28/24 at 7:08 am to
Man…downtown really needed another coffee shop or bubbles place instead.
Posted by Peter Buck
Member since Sep 2012
12413 posts
Posted on 3/28/24 at 8:19 am to
What a shame
Posted by IT_Dawg
Georgia
Member since Oct 2012
21696 posts
Posted on 3/28/24 at 8:48 am to
Wow. That sucks….

Shoulda put in a Barbaritos
Posted by FinleyStreet
Member since Aug 2011
7897 posts
Posted on 3/28/24 at 12:33 pm to
Remember when chipotle was good, the servings were large, and it was reasonably priced? Now it's $15, smaller, and mostly rice.
Posted by Griffindawg
Member since Oct 2013
6109 posts
Posted on 3/28/24 at 12:59 pm to
Yeah I stopped going to chipotle about 4 years ago. There was a lot of Antifa literature in the parking lot and inside the store at the one in Gainesville on Dawsonville hwy. I called it in to headquarters bc i suspected it was the employees based on how they looked. Chipotle didn’t seem to give a shite about it so I figured hey they’re pro antifa and I’m not supporting that.
Posted by agentoranj1990
Mableton
Member since Oct 2016
908 posts
Posted on 3/28/24 at 2:26 pm to
The post-pandemic seems to have been brutal on Athens independent owned restaurants. I know the Grit closed. Rising cost of doing business is making it hard. I'm sure rent downtown is really high. There are a lot of independent restaurants that have taken flight in some of the older shopping centers in Atlanta. I'm assuming that these restaurants don't think they could make it moving away from downtown. My mom told me they are putting in some type of mixed use with a new Kroger on Eastside and the rent there will be expensive.
Posted by deeprig9
Unincorporated Ozora, Georgia
Member since Sep 2012
63797 posts
Posted on 3/28/24 at 3:15 pm to
In the case of the Mayflower, they were lucky enough to own their own building so rent wasn't a factor, and one of the reasons they had been around so long through multiple recessions and overall change. They were the oldest restaurant in Athens operating out of the same space, only Stricklands is older but they changed locations at one point.

The owners decided to retire from the restaurant business and instead make a shitload of money renting their space out. They deliberately went corporate because the leases are guaranteed by corporate money as opposed to leasing to a small startup who might go belly up in six months.
Posted by meansonny
ATL
Member since Sep 2012
25502 posts
Posted on 3/28/24 at 3:25 pm to
What kind of wages are people getting downtown Athens?

I'm in the boonies and the wages are going crazy here.
I would expect a liberal haven to be similar. But 35,000 students all looking for some scratch sure has a way of depressing the starting salary.
Posted by Barstools
Atlanta
Member since Jan 2016
9401 posts
Posted on 3/28/24 at 3:57 pm to
Makes me sick a little bit
Posted by deeprig9
Unincorporated Ozora, Georgia
Member since Sep 2012
63797 posts
Posted on 3/28/24 at 4:58 pm to
quote:

What kind of wages are people getting downtown Athens?

I'm in the boonies and the wages are going crazy here.
I would expect a liberal haven to be similar. But 35,000 students all looking for some scratch sure has a way of depressing the starting salary.


The impression I get is that UGA's student body is a lot more country club than they used to be. There's not nearly as many ramen noodle students working part time food service, it's mostly hipsters, immigrants, work release type people now.
Posted by meansonny
ATL
Member since Sep 2012
25502 posts
Posted on 3/28/24 at 9:30 pm to
We've got 17 year old lifeguards making $16/hr.
WalMart is starting $14/hr.
My 19 year old waits tables and averages about $22/hr.
My 18 year old working at Crumbl is about $15/hr.
Waffle House is hiring at $20/hr.

Last summer, my son was working for the water authority at $14/hr mowing lawns. But they guaranteed him 10 hours overtime a week (average $15.40/Jr during the week).

When I was at UGA, pay was shite. I drove to Gwinnett County for work (gas was cheap back then. $0.69/gallon over the summers).
Posted by deeprig9
Unincorporated Ozora, Georgia
Member since Sep 2012
63797 posts
Posted on 3/28/24 at 10:35 pm to
quote:

Waffle House is hiring at $20/hr.


That requires extra qualifications.
Posted by Dirk Dawgler
Where I Am
Member since Nov 2011
2467 posts
Posted on 3/28/24 at 11:13 pm to
I was the #1 line cook at Longhorn on Alps back in the mid 90s. I made a whopping $12 an hour and thought I was big money for a 23 year old.
Posted by Peter Buck
Member since Sep 2012
12413 posts
Posted on 3/29/24 at 12:27 am to
It was.
Posted by meansonny
ATL
Member since Sep 2012
25502 posts
Posted on 3/29/24 at 8:34 am to
quote:

quote:
Waffle House is hiring at $20/hr.


That requires extra qualifications.


I figured it was the cook with rather uncomfortable hours.
Posted by Peter Buck
Member since Sep 2012
12413 posts
Posted on 3/29/24 at 11:13 am to
Dirk, was a dude named Jerry the Manager there?
Posted by deeprig9
Unincorporated Ozora, Georgia
Member since Sep 2012
63797 posts
Posted on 3/29/24 at 11:31 am to
There was a ginger named Paul who was a waiter there for years in the 90's. Great graphic designer, did all our band posters. I'd still be friends with him if he weren't such an a-hole.
Posted by Dirk Dawgler
Where I Am
Member since Nov 2011
2467 posts
Posted on 3/30/24 at 9:05 pm to
Tom Smith was the GM for most of my time there. Richard Boyd and Judy ? were the main assistants. Richard was/is a really good guitar player who was good friends with John Keane and local musicians Davis Causey and Randall Bramlett. I met some Athens music royalty because of him. Judy was the girlfriend of Bloodkin guitarist everybody called Crumpy. His real. Arm was Paul something.

Now that my memory is going back 27 years, we did have a guy come in named Jerry my last year there. Younger dude probably in his mid 30s. Pat Dye was his uncle if I recall. He was actually really cool and fun to hang out with after work. Never would have thought of him again had you not said his name and made me clear some on the cobwebs.
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