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Re: Bistro at Grove Square
« Reply #47 on: 01-09-2014, 02:17pm »
I hate it when brokers accidentally list my property for sale, complete with photos of the inside.
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Re: Bistro at Grove Square
« Reply #46 on: 01-09-2014, 01:47pm »
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Re: Bistro at Grove Square
« Reply #45 on: 01-09-2014, 01:41pm »
Hmmm...


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Re: Bistro at Grove Square
« Reply #44 on: 01-08-2014, 10:13am »
I'm sure the square/triangle will look great with papered over empty storefronts.

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Re: Bistro at Grove Square
« Reply #43 on: 01-08-2014, 10:10am »
They're going to cover it on ABC?
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Re: Bistro at Grove Square
« Reply #42 on: 01-08-2014, 10:05am »
Maybe this was Favia's plan all along, same as with the Powerhouse Lounge -- open a place, flip it, move on to the next thing. Though I don't know whatever happened with the Lounge. If he gets his asking price for the Bistro, can we argue against his business bona fides?

By his own admission, the Lounge was never all that successful and his "partners" bled most of the money out of it.

He seemed to be pretty cash poor when he bounced our security deposit refund 3 times.  From what he told me months before it opened it sounded like he was getting himself in way over his head; I'm assuming he either sells the place (for not much more than he put into it) or it goes Ch7.

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Re: Bistro at Grove Square
« Reply #41 on: 01-08-2014, 09:57am »
Maybe this was Favia's plan all along, same as with the Powerhouse Lounge -- open a place, flip it, move on to the next thing. Though I don't know whatever happened with the Lounge. If he gets his asking price for the Bistro, can we argue against his business bona fides?

Then why would he bother having hissy fits over lunch trucks, music, and park benches?

Nobody is going to buy it without looking at the books so it can’t bleed too much cash, but the owner had already worked to maximize profit by serving plates of garbage.  What comes after that but weird half-measures?  It’s a strange phenomenon that seems uniquely popular in the restaurant world.  In most other types of business, owners try to maintain their competitiveness by selling a quality product.

Unfortunately, I have the feeling that a restaurateur who cares about food would probably have a difficult time making such a large space worth the expense, at least for now.

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Re: Bistro at Grove Square
« Reply #40 on: 01-07-2014, 09:30pm »
Maybe this was Favia's plan all along, same as with the Powerhouse Lounge -- open a place, flip it, move on to the next thing. Though I don't know whatever happened with the Lounge. If he gets his asking price for the Bistro, can we argue against his business bona fides?

Then why would he bother having hissy fits over lunch trucks, music, and park benches?

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Re: Bistro at Grove Square
« Reply #39 on: 01-07-2014, 03:19pm »
Maybe this was Favia's plan all along, same as with the Powerhouse Lounge -- open a place, flip it, move on to the next thing. Though I don't know whatever happened with the Lounge. If he gets his asking price for the Bistro, can we argue against his business bona fides?

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Re: Bistro at Grove Square
« Reply #38 on: 01-07-2014, 02:51pm »
Looks like my boycott worked.
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Re: Bistro at Grove Square
« Reply #37 on: 01-07-2014, 02:49pm »
Looks like my boycott worked.

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Re: Bistro at Grove Square
« Reply #36 on: 01-07-2014, 10:52am »
Oh, gee. Look what is for sale.  :kindelan:
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Re: Grove Square Restaurant
« Reply #35 on: 06-25-2013, 05:42pm »
I suppose I can't really fault a place for the douchenozzle level of their clientele

The owner (Jeff Favia) is a perfect example of a douchenozzle, so expect him to cater to that crowd

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Re: Grove Square Restaurant
« Reply #34 on: 06-24-2013, 07:06pm »
We ask the bartender, politely, "Can you please top this up" and get the reply "Oh that's the way we always pour it here". 

Hey man, have some respect for their week-long tradition.

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Re: Grove Square Restaurant
« Reply #33 on: 06-24-2013, 04:50pm »
"Really?  Like this is..... fuckin like.... like.... people actually live here?"

The longer we can keep certain people believing Jersey City to be a hell hole, the better.

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Re: Grove Square Restaurant
« Reply #32 on: 06-24-2013, 04:27pm »
"Really?  Like this is..... fuckin like.... like.... people actually live here?"

The longer we can keep certain people believing Jersey City to be a hell hole, the better.

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Re: Grove Square Restaurant
« Reply #31 on: 06-24-2013, 04:24pm »
That block originally was the location of a Church's Fried Chicken, I think. So, it is CuRsEd GrOuNd.
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Re: Grove Square Restaurant
« Reply #30 on: 06-24-2013, 04:08pm »
I decided to check out Grove Sq with a friend yesterday.  We both ordered the same beer, might have been Allagash but I don't really remember, I know it was 8 bucks a pop and came in a fat bottomed brandy glass.  Mine was filled almost to the brim whilst my friend's glass had 3 inches of foam on top and was about 3/4 full.  We ask the bartender, politely, "Can you please top this up" and get the reply "Oh that's the way we always pour it here".  I point out that I have the same beer and the glass is filled differently and she makes a face like a bulldog licking piss off a cactus then fills the glass.

This all happens within the first 5 minutes of setting foot in the place and makes us feel real fecking welcome. 

A few minutes later some drunk douchebag who looks like a mannequin from an Old Navy store but possesses considerably less of a personality, decides he wants to make conversation.

"Where you from...?"

"Jersey City"

"Really?  Like this is..... fuckin like.... like.... people actually live here?"

"Yes we do.  Where are you from?"

"HOBOKEN!  I FUCKIN LOVE IT MAAANN!"

My mouth was forming the shape required to say "Please please fuck off and die a horrible death" but I decided it wasn't worth it.

I suppose I can't really fault a place for the douchenozzle level of their clientele so in the interest of fairness I will say they did do a really nice job on the space and I like the faux old looking bar. One thing that was weird is that the walls are completely covered with white subway tiles which gives the appearance of eating dinner in a giant bathroom.   As for the food, it looked decent enough.  If they can lose the attitude and start asking for proof of address before letting people in then I would probably go back, if only for the convenient location.
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Re: Grove Square Restaurant
« Reply #29 on: 06-21-2013, 04:39pm »
Classy!! Sounds like a place I'd like to visit.  ???
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Re: Grove Square Restaurant
« Reply #28 on: 06-21-2013, 04:31pm »
No website??

No, Jeff doesn't believe in email, either.  He does believe in bouncing checks.

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Re: Grove Square Restaurant
« Reply #27 on: 06-21-2013, 03:55pm »
No website??
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Re: Grove Square Restaurant
« Reply #26 on: 06-21-2013, 10:27am »
Pro tip: If you advertise a speakeasy, it isn't a speakeasy. It's simply a club in a basement.

Tell me about it.  Just the other day, the manager at Hopscotch threw me out for drawing squares on the floor with chalk.  Talk about bogus advertising.

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Re: Grove Square Restaurant
« Reply #25 on: 06-21-2013, 09:47am »
There used to be a park bench 20 feet in front of his establishment. He cut the bolts and moved it. Yes, this is the person we're dealing with. And now he has a liqueur license. If you think it's bad now, just wait until he starts terrorizing the residents of Bay Street with his "wine bar" entrance and then his so-called "speakeasy." (Pro tip: If you advertise a speakeasy, it isn't a speakeasy. It's simply a club in a basement.)

Jeff needs a serious attitude adjustment. He needs to understand that success of his business is directly related and reliant on the social capital built by organizations such as the HDSID that produces the farmer's market and Groove on Grove. And if it wasn't for the community efforts of the Harsimus Cove Association, there would be no Fitzgerald-Holota Plaza for him to profit off of.

I've been watching Jeff build that place out for months. He's put a lot of work into it, a great vision. That location has been empty for years and desperately needs a community-minded social business to complement the plaza.

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Re: Grove Square Restaurant
« Reply #24 on: 06-21-2013, 09:33am »
It's open! Has anyone been yet?

Yes! I went there for drinks on Friday. Food service was to start on Wed/Thurs. Loved it. Great vibe.

The manager advised that the menu will be 100% available within a week or two; the wine bar should open in 4 -6 weeks and the downstairs will be closer to the end of the year. Sad to hear the whiskey bar will open next year :(

Waiting for the whiskey bar/lounge to open soon!

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Re: Grove Square Restaurant
« Reply #23 on: 06-20-2013, 08:48pm »
It's open! Has anyone been yet?

No, but the owner likes to bounce checks. 

Who knows what else he's cutting corners on. 

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Re: Grove Square Restaurant
« Reply #23 on: 06-20-2013, 08:48pm »