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good luck. Hard to just pick up an move like this.
Is that the former pepper jacks space?
And how long have they operated? And now the figures out something?
The building they are in now is the old Oldsmobile dealership; I think it was Hudson's (not that car) Oldsmobile/GMC trucks.. Mirth is the best breakfast in town, looking forward to their re-opening. The new (to them) location is the former Pepper Jacks who have moved to mid 900 block of Mass. St. West Side. What was the reason for Pepper Jacks moving, their new space is smaller than 947 New Hampshire.
"What was the reason for Pepper Jacks moving, their new space is smaller than 947 New Hampshire."
Mass is still a better location for them. That place they were in was more like a storage shed for their restaurant. The myrth location is better than the proposed new one. I hope the people will go the extra couple blocks.
the myrrh has struggled since bowden owned the place. Hope they can overcome this latest fiasco, they overcame bowden.
i like john
Oh, don't get me wrong, I like John to but he had to work really hard to keep that place floating. It was sinking when he took it over.
I enjoy the Mirth Cafe- great biscuits and gravy. I wonder how many years they operated without incident without "city code ventilation"? Makes you wonder about the importance of said city code.
pepper jacks moved to compete with the late night crowd on mass st. much more foot traffic.
That and they lost about $500,000 in the old space. If a restaurant was good, it would have survived the old space. Pepper Jax is a bad chain. Mass or not, it will not make money. Mirth will do well at the new space. Salvation Army building is going away in the near future, great parking, and most important, the Mirth is a local hangout, not out of towners. Locals dont need their place to be on Mass.
Good luck with the new store and can't wait to support your new venture. I'm sure this will be a huge success. Luppy's did not fulfill the void of Milton's and the new owners of the Milton's remake (Red Rooster) have a poor track record. Mirth can position itself to become the premier hot spot for downtown breakfast. For the record, best the B & G's begrudlingly goes to Wheatfield's.
Luppy's did not fulfill the void of Milton's and the new owners of the Milton's remake (Red Rooster) have a poor track record.
Poor track record? I have really only been witness to good things. How can you justify your claim when this is their first real endeavor? I certainly hope The Roost can carve out a following.
Not the first endeavor for all involved.
I say it is among the best breakfast places in town. Global Cafe is not too shabby.
Mirth will be missed for those few days no question about it. Is the "Red Rooster" open yet?
My guess is the Mirth will do fine at the new address whereas not all could do that.
There used to be a Red Rooster truck stop in Ottawa, Kansas years ago.
So in less than a year Nader has lost three storefront tenants in that building. Maybe if he ever fixed the roof and drains...
LarryNative: Why PepperJacks so bad in your mind?? We all like the place, not a fancy, but food good. If the company is so bad why are they expanding the chain, company had 3-4 stores when they opened in Lawrence about 5 years ago, now about 20 locations. Also, while the sandwiches are called Philly Cheese Steaks, P:epperjacks are much better than the originals. We lived in South Philly for many years, a few blocks from Geno's and Pat's on Passyunk Avenue and Jim's on Pine Street and although those places are a "must go" attractions if in Philly, you have to deal with a rude service staff, filthy streets and have to understand the "wit or witout" terminology, and who likes Cheese Wiz anyway?.Do wish Lawrence had something like the 24 hour Melrose and Penrose Diners, also in South Philly.
I guess I don't understand the concept of thinly sliced tough meat covered with gloopy processed cheese like Pat's or Genos. Pepper Jax is even worse with that nasty cheap white cheese and covered in onions. It's quite disgusting. When I'm in Philly I prefer Tony Lukes and get pork with broccoli rabe. I just dont like over processed foods that are packed with chemicals and bland. Call me crazy.
It makes me wonder if there some issue other than just safety. How is it possible this was never an issue in all the years the Mirth has been operating and the city never bothered them when the Teller's owner owned Mirth. I've been eating at that location since it was the Harvest (many iterations ago) and have never gotten sick and never heard of a major incident there.
Now, out of the blue, the situation is so dire they must cease operations almost immediately? Or is there more to the story than that.
Am hopeful the move works out for them but will miss the ambiance of the older structure compared to something as bland and blah as the old Pepperjacks location. Have been eating at restaurants in that wonderful space forever.
I wonder if another more established business interest than the current owner leaned on someone to nudge Mirth out because they want the space?
I think something is fishy as well. I would think a long standing business to be suddenly closed for fire code violations and not give 30 days to comply is ridiculous. I would consult an attorney if I were in the Mirth's position. I believe the owner to be correct that 10 years ago, electric no flame cooking equipment required no hood. The code may have changed but I would think the buisness would be grand fathered or given a reasonable time line to become complient.
I was in there for breakfast once when they had something going wrong in the kitchen and their exhaust fan filled the hallway/atrium with smoke. I wondered then how they got away with venting the kitchen to the hall.
I think Larry is right. The place has been just fine for all these years, and now, all of a sudden, there is a crisis. This does not pass the smell test.
Just because chains expand is no indication that they are a hot item. Just means the banks are still playing risky games and/or someone appears to have plenty of financial backing.
South Philly is quite different from Larryville meaning tons and tons of foot traffic from a frequent former visitors pony of few.
I say not that many new food joints will make it if not on Mass Street. Out of sight out of mind.
Went to Mirth for breakfast on Friday. The place was empty, which I thought was odd. They proceeded to seat us, and then hand us a sheet of paper with cold items only on the menu. Then they said their kitchen was undergoing renovations and acted surprised we didn't see the 8x11" sheet of paper in the window that said this. It was weird.
Larry: Didn't mean to imply that Pepper Jax was gourmet quality, just good for a change! Tony Luke's on Oregon Avenue is great, sometimes too busy to get in though. Speaking of broccoli raab, hard to find here, so I raise 5 different kinds in the garden. Not a advocate of gourmet all the time, need to go back to the basics once in a while. Disliked some of the Navy chow, but still prepare some of the old items for a re-connect including Navy version of SOS (ground beef in tomato sauce on toast) and better yet 4Skins on toast (chipped beef in cream gravy on toast).
Mirth is great, and the new location will be better than their present location, if you ask me.
I seriously can't believe how long The Mirth has been open...their food is terrible. Cold, uninspired and don't forget the nasty coffee. The Roost is going to be bomb, I know the people backing that operation and they will definitively deliver. To each his own I guess, some people have low breakfast standards...
I love going to the Mirth. I've always enjoyed great food (especially their corn chowder) and prefer their coffee to any place else downtown. I have noticed over the last year that the dining room air occasionally becomes so thick with grease that my eyes burn, and I would leave smelling like a kitchen, so their lack of hoods was clearly becoming a problem as business increased. Nevertheless, I am a loyal customer, highly recommend them, and wish them lots of luck in their new location.
Good crowd in there this morning (Sunday). Food buffet was simple but good, me et too much though, now time for a nap.
What do we have for breakfast?
did anybody ever figure out why miltons closed, it seemed to have a really big crowd for breakfast and lunch
A thriving business is worth a lot of money. I can't believe they simply went out of business without trying to sell. However, if you're on a short lease and the landlord won't renew, then you have nothing to sell. There might be other explanations, but that's the one that makes the most sense to me.
P.S. I always liked Miltons but Mirth was also a favorite.
Perhaps Milton's was paid to shut down in hopes of stimulating a new venture down the street and around the corner?
Hogwash. What a bunch of really stupid speculation. I guess when you don't know you just make it up and try to sound like an authority. Enough!
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