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Old 11-18-2015, 04:09 AM
 
Location: Germantown, Philadelphia
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Your last point could not be truer. Who, in ten years or less, will remember anything about Georges Perrier or Jean-Marie LaCroix? How many remember them even now?
I think the problem, if it becomes one, will come from Marc Vetri's no longer being involved with the organization as it goes national (Vetri had already taken one big step in that direction with the planned opening of a Pizzeria Vetri in Austin, Texas. BTW, note that the sale does NOT include Vetri's eponymous restaurant, the one that made his reputation to begin with; Vetri himself will continue to run that).

As you wrote that sentence, I thought of two names: Fred Harvey and Howard Johnson.

Most of you will recognize one of those names still, and some of you may recognize both.

I think it's harder today than it was in their days (the late 19th century and the mid-20th, respectively) for a single chef or restaurant manager (Harvey himself didn't work behind a stove) to establish a national reputation based solely on their personal one.
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Old 11-18-2015, 07:23 AM
 
Location: Center City
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Vetri to sell restaurants to Urban Outfitters

I didn't realize Vetri's MO was to get rich by bringing what was a decent set of restaurants to malls Hard Rock Cafe style. Not sure exactly what this means, but over the years (and through changes in management), these places will deteriorate. Corporations are only good at making money, not at serving good food...and that's when the corp was at least a veteran in the food industry. What a disappointment.
Urban Outfitters sells cheap goods. Vetri's will no doubt follow suit.
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Old 11-18-2015, 09:53 AM
 
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Urban Outfitters sells cheap goods. Vetri's will no doubt follow suit.
OU sells a lot of their cheap stuff to their hometown customers. The OU/Anthropologie in Rockefellar Ctr and next to Macy's in NYC are from offering cheap goods.
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Old 11-18-2015, 05:52 PM
 
Location: New York City
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OU sells a lot of their cheap stuff to their hometown customers. The OU/Anthropologie in Rockefellar Ctr and next to Macy's in NYC are from offering cheap goods.
Anthro in general is UO highend brand.

UO is cheap goods at high prices.
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Old 11-18-2015, 10:23 PM
 
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Anthro in general is UO highend brand.

UO is cheap goods at high prices.
The UO store next to Macy's NY is the best UO store I've ever seen(and I remember the first UO store in the 4000 block of Locust St). Nothing cheap about the shoe section in there, for instance.
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Old 11-18-2015, 10:31 PM
 
Location: New York City
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The UO store next to Macy's NY is the best UO store I've ever seen(and I remember the first UO store in the 4000 block of Locust St). Nothing cheap about the shoe section in there, for instance.
Walked by there today actually! and yes that is one of their main flagships, nice location.
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Old 11-19-2015, 02:59 AM
 
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Walked by there today actually! and yes that is one of their main flagships, nice location.
Yes, it's nice. Too bad it's not in Philly. But Hayne is all about maxing profits specifically.
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Old 11-19-2015, 08:07 AM
 
Location: Center City
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Yes, it's nice. Too bad it's not in Philly. But Hayne is all about maxing profits specifically.
That's not all: Richard Hayne : snopes.com
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Old 11-19-2015, 09:04 AM
 
Location: NYC based - Used to Live in Philly - Transplant from Miami
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Anthro in general is UO highend brand.

UO is cheap goods at high prices.
You both are correct.
UO in general sell merchandise in cheaper quality and price. The ones in Miami sold the more expensive lines.
I always wonder why is that. After all, UO is supposed to be Philadelphia-based.

Now, a little secret to you all.
Alot of UO's merchandise from their cheaper vendors can be obtained in Target as well with cheaper price points. Don't be fooled!
There were occasions that my clients wanted to buy certain leggings and t shirt from UO and they were available in Target from the same manufacturing company (and even sometimes brands) with slight differences of course.
For example:
A $70 knitted sweater with a picture of deer head on it from last year's UO F/W line was available in Target for $25. The only difference was the variation of the deer's antlers. The brands were actually different for this one (One can simply rip a brand and replace it). But EVERYTHING ELSE of those 2 products were the same, down to the materials, knit patterns and what not.
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Old 11-19-2015, 09:10 AM
 
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Yeah, I know.

His ex-wife, Judy Wicks, who created and ran the White Dog restaurant, is the complete opposite of him politically, socially and in just about any way you can think of.


I personally detest Boomers, like him, who were hippies once upon time who ended up flipping politically.
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