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Re: “Is the International House of Prayer planning a ‘dorm’ in Hyde Park?

So Mr. Bickle has a non-profit ministry school, and Mrs. Bickle has a real estate company who profits off of leasing space to said students and families. Sounds like a conflict of interest for him and a monopoly for her, at best, to me. At worst? A merchant exploiting devout worshippers inside the temple. It's Gospel that Jesus Christ whipped those "entrepreneurs."

2 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Eric J. Smith on 07/10/2014 at 10:57 AM

Re: “Nick and Jake's on Main: a location with a curse, a menu with potential, servers with an itch

I just began working at the Nick and Jake's "on Main" as the Special Events Manager. I believe everyone is allowed their opinion and we will gladly take the constructive criticism. I personally get to see how hard the GM, Chef and Managers here work to encourage the staff and kitchen to get better daily. They are taking all opinions into account and trying to learn what the area is looking for. Fact is, people love to hear and read the negative and dislike positive comments on here as that is the culture we live in. I personally highlighted the positives that Charles wrote in my copy of the article. The negatives have been taken in and will only push us to be better. What I love about Nick and Jake's is they offer good food at a very affordable price for all types of people, the owners are awesome family oriented guys, they are focused so much on giving back to the community and always wanting to get better! Bring on the dislikes and negative comments, I am beyond proud to be a part of this team and know that it takes time for a new location to find its way, the right staff and the best food for the area.... and I 100% believe we will get there! Thanks for motivating me to do a better job today and in the future!!!

Jen Trompeter

31 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by jent on 07/10/2014 at 10:44 AM

Re: “Nick and Jake's on Main: a location with a curse, a menu with potential, servers with an itch

So-so food and a wait staff that can't, apparently, wait. I suppose it is a step up from the places that serve lousy food and take forever to get it to you.
Unsurprisingly, most of the "you don't know what you're talking about" comments are from people who have never commented about anything else The Pitch has ever published. My conclusion is not only are they "homers," they have no idea what a good dining experience is supposed to be about.

7 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by extremus on 07/10/2014 at 10:15 AM

Re: “Nick and Jake's on Main: a location with a curse, a menu with potential, servers with an itch

but a real review SHOULD bring out positives....as Ms amgkime, wrote. She needs to learn to read....3 or 4 times he offers great praise....if you work for the PR firm we get it is the job to spin...but short of that if you read the review you would see he did do what you suggested makes something a "real review"....wow how some just have to say something even if it is baseless....

12 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by silly on 07/10/2014 at 9:52 AM
Posted by Lux on 07/10/2014 at 9:37 AM

Re: “The rise of the super-supermarkets in the suburbs

As a Brookside resident... I'm jealous.

Posted by Brookside Grocery Sucks on 07/10/2014 at 9:31 AM

Re: “Hi-Fi Records' Kyle Maggart seizes the day in Olathe

keep on truckin' man. good luck with everything.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by scroat belly on 07/10/2014 at 9:30 AM

Re: “Hi-Fi Records' Kyle Maggart seizes the day in Olathe

address?

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by scotch breath on 07/10/2014 at 9:28 AM

Re: “Nick and Jake's on Main: a location with a curse, a menu with potential, servers with an itch

It sounds to me that Charles Ferruza's review of Nick & Jake's on Main was pretty doomed before his first of three visits. Walking into "a cursed building?" Really?
I'm born & raised in KC & have worked 20+ in the restaurant business (Westport, KC, Overland Park, Leawood & Plaza) & have read several of Charles reviews. After reading several of his reviews in the past, my opinion is that he is not very good at what he does. Anyway, I even worked as a Server at Nick & Jake's OP for the first two years they opened. I know Kevin & Doug as well as the Managing Partner & the Chef at the KC location. I can honestly say that each of them strive to be better, do better & show better every day. What have they been doing since opening just a few months back? Learning about their demographic & the people that live and/or work in South Plaza. Growing & making changes is a constant in this business. Giving each & every Guest a great dining experience. A phenomenal & seasoned restaurant partner looks forward to a REAL & HONEST restaurant review. The 1st one can really only go one way or another... good or bad, but a real review SHOULD bring out positives (usually given in a twisted form) & negatives (should be constructive criticisms.) N&J's on Main only being open 30-60 days, it's very unfortunate & sad that Charles Ferruza had a negative opinion before even stepping in first. 1) unintentionally or intentionally doomed from the get go (I.e. "doomed building") 2) Attentive service (Really? So train the servers to not show hospitality?) 3) "blah food" is a work in progress & those menu items are improving daily. Overall, a not so good review with easy opportunity to rectify the issues.

In closing, please do not allow the words of a restaurant review bully from "The Pitch" to dictate where u choose to dine in our great city. -Ang Kime

15 likes, 26 dislikes
Posted by angkime on 07/10/2014 at 4:59 AM

Re: “Does the International House of Prayer have designs on Hyde Park?

What an odd ending to an otherwise interesting article. No wrap-up, no indication of where the story is headed, no resident perspective. Just a short vignette of another house that youssef has designs for.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Lars ulrich on 07/10/2014 at 3:51 AM

Re: “A crumbling fortress on Vine might be ground zero for a renewed Jazz District

who the fuck is the old winkster

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Carl Adam Carter on 07/10/2014 at 1:37 AM

Re: “Missouri plans to execute John Middleton on July 14

But u see the death row is more human than what they to there victims

Posted by Erika Lynn Headley on 07/09/2014 at 11:31 PM

Re: “Sam Brownback's economic policies stimulate Kansas economy by negative $338 million in one year

If the economy was suffering from accumulated chronic underinvestment, shifting income from the non-rich to the rich would make sense. Underinvestment would mean there was a shortage of shopping centers, hotels, housing and factories were operating at 100% of capacity but still not able to produce as many cars and other goods as people needed. It might not seem fair, but the quickest way to build up capital is to take income away from the middle class who have a high propensity to consume and give to the rich who have a propensity to save (and invest). Except for periods in the 1950s and 1960s and possibly the 1990’s when tax rates on the rich just happened to be high enough to prevent overinvestment, the economy has generally suffered from periodic overinvestment cycles.

It is not just a coincidence that tax cuts for the rich have preceded both the 1929 and 2007 depressions. The Revenue acts of 1926 and 1928 worked exactly as the Republican Congresses that pushed them through promised. The dramatic reductions in taxes on the upper income brackets and estates of the wealthy did indeed result in increases in savings and investment. However, overinvestment (by 1929 there were over 600 automobile manufacturing companies in the USA) caused the depression that made the rich, and most everyone else, ultimately much poorer.

Since 1969 there has been a tremendous shift in the tax burdens away from the rich on onto the middle class. Corporate income tax receipts, whose incidence falls entirely on the owners of corporations, were 4% of GDP then and are now less than 1%. During that same period, payroll tax rates as percent of GDP have increased dramatically. The overinvestment problem caused by the reduction in taxes on the wealthy is exacerbated by the increased tax burden on the middle class. While overinvestment creates more factories, housing and shopping centers; higher payroll taxes reduces the purchasing power of middle-class consumers. ..."
http://seekingalpha.com/article/1543642

Posted by Lance Brofman on 07/09/2014 at 9:01 PM

Re: “The rise of the super-supermarkets in the suburbs

I'm not sure you can call this the suburbs- how about far south only?

1 like, 2 dislikes
Posted by Elvis Peacock on 07/09/2014 at 5:14 PM

Re: “Nick and Jake's on Main: a location with a curse, a menu with potential, servers with an itch

Just go to the one in Parkville. GREAT food, honest drink, and an impeccable staff to boot. If you want something that creates a Pavlovian response, try the Bondo's tenderloin or anything on the specials menu. If you are fortunate enough to peruse their location at a time they serve cinnamon roll bread pudding, treat yourself to this small slice of heaven. I've tried the their new location only once, but I think it's a bad mix of Americana food with a contemporary "je ne sais quoi". If it's not broken don't fix it. Hopefully they will turn it around.

2 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Dick on 07/09/2014 at 5:02 PM

Re: “Bleu Burgers' Tony Olson is seriously changing things at Chubby's, Longbranch

We didn't get the free cinnamon rolls. Most people around us did. We, and a few others did not. There seemed to be a weird arbitrary vibe about the place and the service was really awful. Food was just ok.

Posted by karen g. on 07/09/2014 at 4:55 PM

Re: “Nick and Jake's on Main: a location with a curse, a menu with potential, servers with an itch

this reiew along with the comments has actually made me WANT to dine there. Just to see how bad it is. I can't look away. (as I eat my Irish nacho)...

10 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by scotch breath on 07/09/2014 at 4:48 PM

Re: “Nick and Jake's on Main: a location with a curse, a menu with potential, servers with an itch

It's tough when your kids bring home a bad grade card. It's really tough in the restaurant biz to get a rough review. So many people have put their heart, soul , and many hours into making something good. But ,that is the nature of the restaurant business . You can't please everyone every moment. None the less , that is one of our goals. We 've talked this over as a team and have some real opportunities to improve. Hospitality is what we do.
Thanks for the pros and cons.

Doug Watkins
Jake's Dad

49 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Doug Watkins on 07/09/2014 at 4:26 PM

Re: “Nick and Jake's on Main: a location with a curse, a menu with potential, servers with an itch

I don't agree with this post. Nick and Jakes has become one of my go to places. All of the staff is very friendly and accommodating and the food is decent.

6 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by Dee on 07/09/2014 at 3:50 PM

Re: “The rise of the super-supermarkets in the suburbs

How anonymous can one be if they're the only 'chipmaster' in the world lol

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Chipmaster on 07/09/2014 at 2:50 PM

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