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Tuesday, November 24, 2021

I’m thinking we should institute a statute of limitations on so-called “grand openings”. Case in point:

On my regular trek home, I pass by two establishments that have had grand-opening signs slung out front for, easily, two months. One is a Middle Eastern bodega, and the other is a pizza/burger joint that seems to change its name every few months. I’ve never seen either place hosting a crowd of customers, so I’ve gotta believe the extended aggrandizement isn’t generating the big biz-buzz.

And yet, the declarations remain. It’s pure laziness mixed with chutzpah. How can you credibly leave up a sign that suggests you’ve just launched your business, when hundreds of neighborhood regulars know that that isn’t the case? Obviously the ploy didn’t work when it was supposed to; prolonging a fake debut just smacks of desperation.

I say, you get a week to trumpet your grand opening. After that, it’s mandatory take-down. Open-and-shut case, as it were.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 11/24/2009 11:25 PM
Category: Business
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wascally wine
For Thanksgiving, I’ve taken it upon myself to meet the needs of both the generational extremes that will converge at my mother’s house this Thursday. Translation: I bought a small batch of toys and games for my little nephews, so that they’re sufficiently occupied-slash-out of our hair; and I sprung for the wine, so that they rest of us have sufficient social lubrication.

As always, I’m a sucker for standout novelty wine-bottle labels. So when I saw this Rudolf Müller “Rabbit” Riesling on the store rack, I couldn’t resist adding it to my selection. Heck, it even calls itself “aka The Bunny Wine” on the back label.

Hopefully the taste measures up with the cutesy bottle-art. I like rieslings anyway, and I’m guessing the dry sweetness will match well with the turkey meat. If not, at least I’ll have a conversation piece.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 11/24/2009 09:02 AM
Category: Creative, Food
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