Several months afterwards--but only a few minutes apart from one another--I got a couple comments to my Larry B's post:
This guy is obviously a professor with too much time on his hands to complain about a starting business. If you don't like their chairs, how bout you SAY something rather than taking the wuss way out and complain online to who knows what. Also, it takes awhile for a business to start out, and guess what, many weekends this semester boasted record sales and large success. If you want doomed, try being a sociology professor.Which did not exactly make me feel great, on several levels. When I was back in Madison this fall, I was staying downtown and thought I might be able to give the restaurant another fair shot by having breakfast. Their sign said they opened at 8, I got there at 8:15 and it wasn't open. The next morning, I had breakfast with someone at the Sun Room across the street, and we saw they still weren't open by 8:30 and there was somebody standing outside looking impatient because he was trying to make a delivery.
Hey man you have no right to post shit like this. Does it really affect you how the business of Larry B's does? Why do you feel you need to bash them when they are enjoying life and having fun running a restaurant with a staff that is like a second family?? Seriously man, get ur f-in priorities straight, and grow up.
I've received two e-mails today that Larry B's has apparently closed their doors for good, so I won't get a chance to try them again. I cannot imagine how awful it would be to sell all your possessions in pursuit of a dream where your loved ones are telling you "you're crazy" and they turn out to be right. Having all your hard work end in failure is bad enough for the unfortunate side-effect in entrepeneurship of it also often ending in bankruptcy. In their defense, they did last longer than Moe's Southwest Grill and a few other places that have tried the campus side of State Street.
Meanwhile, here in Evanston, I was in a Starbucks (yes! go ahead and hate me!) that had one of their new highly-market-tested-and-refined breakfast sandwiches and, lo, it was delightful. All the harder for people whose dreams involve being an independent restauranteur open for breakfast.