Friday, September 19, 2014
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Tiedhouse pulls the plug

The Fairmount pub, a sibling of the General Lafayette Inn, has given up after six months.

Tiedhouse pulls the plug

There's no shortage of griping in the restaurant business, but it's usually the employees doing the venting.

Props to Chris Leonard, who after pulling the plug on his Franklintown gastropub, the Tiedhouse, blogged his reasons for closing. I'm sure there are more than a few restaurateurs out there who read it and nod vigorously:

The continued indifferent approach to work that I find on a daily basis infuriates me to the point that, if I could, I would simply fire everyone and start over. My current staff will probably read this and wonder if I am writing about them. Well, I am. I am speaking to every restaurant worker who believes he or she is self-employed; that they can dictate their own hours, treat guests however they feel is appropriate, ignore basic rules ownership has laid down, etc.

Maybe, if the working population didn't think every little thing was someone else's job, we wouldn't be in such an economic mess. Is my restaurant a microcosm of 2009 U.S. society? I'm not sure. What I am sure of is that I don't like it and I am going to do something about it.

Michael Klein Philly.com
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