1. Ted W.
    July 15, 2015 @ 9:41 am

    There was a lot of misdirected anger at the meeting. The bottom line is that Ralph (the former owner of Magoo’s) sold out. In doing so, he sold out his employees and customers, too.

    Tony DeFalco suggested that change is not inevitable. I suggest it is and that it must be embraced, not ignored. A head-in-the-sand approach will not help NE 42nd Ave grow and mature into something good.

    Please don’t candy-coat Magoo’s. I appreciate what Gina has done over the past 11 months, but Magoo’s has burned many bridges over the years. To say they have not been a good neighbor is an understatement. It is NOT the place where bad people end up simply due to location…it is a magnet. Again, I appreciate the changes over the past 11 months, but my patience wore out years ago. I feel for the employees, I feel for the patrons, but I say good riddance to Magoo’s.

    There are three coffee/pastry shops within three blocks on 42nd and they seem to co-exist nicely. They each have a niche and, as far as I can tell, they are each fairly successful. Pizza Jerk has a completely different model than Rocket Pizza. If you look at Rocket’s Yelp review page, they are described as “pick-up or delivery” …no mention of dine-in. I know they have a few chairs, but their real purpose is to sit on while waiting for your take-out pizza. Pizza Jerk will be a sit-down establishment with an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients.

    The head-in-the-sand approach is to discourage this business from coming to 42nd Ave. in order to protect the “anchor,” Rocket Pizza…

    The eyes-wide-open approach is to be realistic about the situation and understand that Rocket’s demographic will not be Pizza Jerks’ demographic. AND…if both of them make better pizza in an attempt to persuade customers to try their wares, then we have a wonderful process called capitalism where businesses have incentives to improve in order to compete.


    • Scamper Kitty
      July 17, 2015 @ 9:45 am

      Thank you, Ted. You have so eloquently stated what I wish I could have said. Every.. .single….word.


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