Joined: March 29th, 2008, 7:08 pm Posts: 6130 Location: Metry, LA
I don't think there was any confusion. T. J. added several Italian dishes to his menu recently and his brother, Jameel who operates Maple Street Cafe, used to be the chef at Vincent's and one of T. J.'s chefs was at Andrea's for some time. Why not, like Frankie just told me, maybe they wanted to put a new dress on the place.
In my experience, a restaurant changing it's name is suicide, or a last ditch effort of saving itself. It's a sign of weakness. Hopefully not the case, I hate seeing neighborhood places go under. Everyplace they take down a Mom & Pop here, they tear down and build a CVS or Walgreens.
Another suicide deal, is keeping the name of a restaurant that failed while under previous ownership. I worked for a guy that kept the name of a failed restaurant because he didn't want the expense of buying a new sign. Needless to say the place is closed. No one could break the association with the old restaurant, which was good at the beginning and bad at the end. Keeping the name just spelled BAD.
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