- February 06, 2011 - 12:54
To all the Haters, build a bloody bridge and get Over it! It's about time this City hook some serious Franchises, and if someone can come up with the Capital and absorb start up losses like the current "Keg Group" can, let them run with it. I'm sick of idiots getting on this topic bitching about fairness and underhanded dealings blah, blah, blah. That's what CANADA was built on! You sound like unionized workers in the lunch room always bitching about how Johnny got more smiles from the boss, meanwhile he works his Ass off, and deserves the smiles. Elementary minds.... Oh and Come on, did I really just read that the Telegram actually granted Chucky an Interview?? Imagine he abandon his business plan on the Waterfront opportunity because what the Port Authority had in mind was on a larger scale than what he was planning. I bet he was interested in one of those vendor shacks on the current site selling "Fish and Chips" just what we need downtown, more Fish and Chips! Bloody Priceless, you can't purchase this kind of Entertainment, what a Bunch!
- February 02, 2011 - 10:05
Why is it that people always complain about development!!!! If this busniess man can afford to put two resturants there then go ahead and do it!!!! You have to change wit the times people!! Harbor Front resturants are very popular. Im all go for this! I think its a great idea. And im sure half these people complainign will be down there filling there guts when the doors open!!!
- February 01, 2011 - 17:34
Political watcher you knows nothing! Go Leo's!(fish n chips that is:)
- February 01, 2011 - 17:13
When the Keg was built at Pier 7 the Port Authority had to take down a building that was still under construction because it didn't fit the Keg's requirements. It cost the Port a loss of approximately $1 million but Port Manager Sean Hanrahan assured everyone that the Port made a good deal.. At that time the Port had coincidentally just received a $1 million grant from ACOA to develop Pier 7. Mr. Hanrahan said that $1 million was not for the restaurant but rather for kiosks to be built next door to the Keg. Well now just 6 years later the kiosks are history so that's another million out the door. Another good deal Mr. Hanrahan? Who is The Pub and Restaurant Authority sorry, Port Authority trying to fool. You've blown $2 million because of bad management mistakes. It's time someone was held accountable.
- February 01, 2011 - 15:08
Turry, The Keg is far from high end. It is overpriced fast food, so-so if you like fast food. The waterfront, our gateway, should have something more than a chain franchise. Why not have a look at what Halifax has done with their waterfront. Planning is not a bad thing.
- turry from town
- February 01, 2011 - 14:10
St.John's needs more highend restaurants in it's downtown core close to hotels and nightlife.Not everyone who comes to St.john's wants fish and chips.A visitor would rather meander up some laneay through old parts of town to get authentic fee and chee,than go to a chain like fish and chip joint from the US.
- James Whitmore
- February 01, 2011 - 12:06
According to Mr. Hanrahan, the public is simply confused. The St. John’s Port Authority is not subject to the public tendering act or any other legislation designed to protect the taxpayer, avoid conflicts of interest, and ensure competition in the marketplace. It is Mr. Hanrahan’s opinion that the Authority got fair market value for the lands being turned over to the Keg and that’s all that matters to Mr. Hanrahan. Never mind that the public or the business community might think otherwise. They did after all get an outside consultant’s report telling them what it’s worth – what more can the public expect? Did it occur to Mr. Hanrahan when he was negotiating this deal in secret with the Keg that the public might not be confused enough? It might not be so confused that it failed to recognize well known Tories dealing with well known Tories behind closed doors. It might not be so confused that it wouldn’t ask the obvious question – wouldn’t going public with this opportunity remove any question that this was a sweet heart deal negotiated between sweet hearts? An appraisal report is a useful start but as any appraiser will tell you quickly, the marketplace is the only mechanism for determining the true value of a property. What Mr. Hanrahan doesn’t, and can’t, know is whether some other business group might have been prepared to pay a higher price to be located on the last piece of waterfront that might ever be available for that type of development. What Hanrahan didn’t consider was whether the public interest might be better served by having three independently owned enterprises competing with each other instead of a single group owning all three restuarants. Hanrahan is no fool. He and the people he was dealing with understood that this would not go down easy in some circles. But he thought he could respond with some blarney about how the property had been vandalized (as if that somehow legitimized his non-competitive approach) and how any public concern was based on a complete misunderstanding of how things work at the Port Authority. As one unconfused member of the public, Mr.Hanrahan, let me assure you I know how things work in these nondescript, obscure creatures of the government that are placed just far enough away from the Auditor General’s reach to make sure they can do what ever they want to do without being accountable to anyone other than a carefully handpicked board of directors. Perhaps the Telegram can, for once, venture a little deeper and invite, for example, the members of that board to discuss their reasons for locking out every other member of the busines community in this province when it comes to the development of teh St. John's waterfront.
- John Smith
- February 01, 2011 - 11:47
This is just sour grapes on part of the george street crowd, and a few others. These guys were smart enough to get this deal, so congratulations. Lucky for them they didn't have to go through the city, because they would still be planning the KEG. We desparately need more, and better restaurants in this town. The PF Changs would be great, but I would love to see more family restaurant chains, that's what we are really lacking in my opinion.
- Lacking Vision
- February 01, 2011 - 11:37
Instead of encouraging more of the same on the waterfront, why doesn't the Port Authority encourage the structure of a year round Farmer's Market, where farmers and artists alike have an opportunity to sell their products. Look at Halifax Harbour or Boston and their markets.... something for locals and tourists with an opportunity to eat, shop and chat. Does the port authority have any creative ideas apart from more of the same? This idea is totally lacking vision.
- February 01, 2011 - 10:32
If the policy is to allow existing businesses to expand. If the proponents have to pay fair market value for ground rent. If that is currently $40 per square foot. What is all this nonsense about ? The operators have established a first class building and restaurant there with the Keg. Now they are expanding. Good for them. What's the news value here? Must be slow news day for St. John's if this is the BIG news of the day.
- February 01, 2011 - 07:38
Chucky's Fish & Ships was my favourite place to eat in the city (not "Chips" - he ran a boat tour company on the side, hence "Fish & Ships"). I heard he shut the restaurant down because of shady dealings on the harbourfront development, and I never set foot in the Keg as a result. Now that I know "Chucky" has a place out in Happy Adventure, you can bet I'll take the time to get out there this summer.
- political watcher
- February 01, 2011 - 06:52
Mr. Matchim, the man who closed his restaurant because he was "too busy": yes, this was one reason he gave. Look, there are enough places in St. John's where a tourist can get a feed of fish & chips and other dep fried delights. The Keg, although I am not a big fan, has been good for the downtown and has sprucd up the waterfront area. To those ho say that tourists don't want to see Chain restaurants downtown I have two point: 1. Tourists may want a break from the locaal fare and will look to a familiar restauant where=by they know what they will be gting. 2. You tell me that when you visit somewhere else you don't eat at National/Internation chains? I find it difficult to believe and you too. March on Mr. Moore as you have a stellar reputationwhen it comes to family dining and have introduced a much better selection of restaurants to th City and I look forward to more from you. P.S. I don't know Mr. Moore and wouldn't know him if he was standing in front of me but I do know what a decent restaurant is.