Friday, July 10, 2009

Abierto! (Finally!)


So after leaping more hurdles than an Olympic track star, Latinos, the little restaurant underneath my health club is finally open. Only took and extra 15 months.

Because, yeah, going from the Amherst Fish Market with take out, eat in and delivery to a Latino Restaurant with take out, eat in and delivery is such a monumental change in use.

And you wonder why Amherst has an anti-business reputation?

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Carry it further. Keep the tax base static (read LOW), whine about no money for teachers, police, fire, and claim the only solution is an override. Pathetic.

Anonymous said...

Huh? This restaurant doesn't pay property tax, the landlord pays it whether or not the business is open.

Still, I'm happy to see them get open. The real issue is with the permitting porcess that makes Amherst so much slower than other towns.

Anonymous said...

i hope the food is good and not overpriced, otherwise it's open and I wonder why all the whining about when it wasn't

Anonymous said...

nice paint job/ adobo yellow is a traditional new england color frequently found on shake shingle houses

Anonymous said...

And room to expand upstairs when you go belly up.

LarryK4 said...

Actually I just renegotiated my lease with a decent rent reduction for the next 12 months.

So my belly is firmly pointed down for at least that time period.

Nitwit.

Ed said...

And with your rent reduction, the landlord can then go to the town for a tax reduction as his property doesn't have the value it once did.

LarryK4 said...

Beats having a total vacancy for God knows how long it would take to rerent the space in this economy and IN THIS TOWN.

Anonymous said...

Congrats Larry, you've managed to pass on your failure in part to your landlord. Very shrewd.

Ed said...

You missed my point:

During the '90s and early '00s, when the economy was in the midst of the go-go easy money orgy, the town took a look at what properties were "worth" based on sales and rental income and used that to raise taxes.

Well, now, the exact opposite is true. Property values are dropping, rental income is dropping, and the town is required to tax based on 100% of evaluation. Not less, and clearly not more!

Hence they are forced to re-evaluate downward and I think they only have 3-5 years for the entire town to be so re-evaluated. At the same point 2.5 holds them from raising the mill rate (right?).

And thus the town mangler isn't going to have as much to mangle with, is he???

Alisa V. Brewer said...

The guacamole & plantains are amazing! Hopefully they will have time/money to brighten the interior up soon...it's kinda scary right now.