The Lemon Grove lost its brand, its customer base, and brought in a BBQ menu (sorry, but Charlie Staples is around the corner with that brand). For those of us who enjoyed the original Lemon Grove, the hippy atmosphere, the hodge podge decor, the menu of grilled cheese, omelets, and vegan dishes, we wouldn't consider stepping inside this establishment now. Just the other day my husband and walked on by where before it would have been the first place we walked into.
My husband and I may have hit middle age but we still enjoy our evenings out. And no doubt we have more money to spend than the younger crowd Mr. Harver is now trying to attract. We eat and drink and order more expensive beer, wine, and other alcohol. Not sure the younger crowds will spend what we spend.
We patronize Roberto's, O'Donold's, V2, and Avalon Downtown (love the bar open on weekends...we have a bottle of wine with the best pizza ever). I'm sorry that Lemon Grove lost it's way.
A suggestion for Mr. Harver...think of what you originally created. The brand WAS there. What worked, what didn't? Adjust creatively. Think of the cool hippie atmosphere you had, think late 60s, early 70s, a cosmic time, rock and roll, think of a limited menu with tastey offerings. Visit Lockview in Akron (packed every day of the week!), visit Pub Bricco in Akron, visit Dave's Cosmic Subs in the Cleveland area...they all have the menu and atmosphere. Think tribute bands, something for even baby boomers to listen to (yes, we still go out). Your own neighboring restaurants have a brand. You LOST your brand.
I want this business to succeed. Unfortunately, at this time the forecast is not favorable.
Final note...why another night club?? You're only inviting trouble. Stick with food and good alcohol. They pair well.
August 21, 2013 at 12:07 p.m.
I assumed that was the reason. Like everything else these days, people sue.
Then for every day missed, make it up. No calamity days. Period.
January 23, 2013 at 3:40 p.m.
The kiddos were out and about yesterday and spotted at movie theaters, malls, hair salons, and as featured here, the Ice Zone.
Stop these school closings once and for all. Students and teachers, get in school.
As a taxpayer, I have an issue with paying for teacher salaries and student tuitions when they have these play days. It's not like there was snow on the ground with the current cold temps.
The rest of us go to work. You go to school. Bundle up and go!
January 23, 2013 at 1:34 p.m.
I'm sorry to hear the news of Dr. Anderson's retirement but very happy for her. After 40 years, she's earned her retirement.
I found her to be genuine, engaging, and sincere. Lots of integrity.
She was a president that was out and among the students. She was where they were. She was a role model for my daughter.
All the best Dr. Anderson. And thank you.
December 17, 2012 at 1:33 p.m.
Wow, Ms. Marcella, you penned that letter to the editor in record time. Did you even pause to think about those massacred on Friday?
I don't agree with your letter. Believe it or not I do respect your position.
What I do know is that this was not the time for your platform. The timing of your letter was in the poorest of taste. And this was not how to get people to "hear" you. Quite frankly, you downright blew it.
December 17, 2012 at 12:10 p.m.
I can appreciate the history of the Youngstown Club (but only to a degree), but it's a new day, a new downtown with a new persona. So the beautiful historic building is no longer a private club. Hopefully a creative entrepreneur will have a vision for the facility and it will thrive. Private clubs are so yesterday. I'm all about the people, ALL the people (except criminals of course). I thrive on the different cultures, foods, etc. The very thought of one ounce of exclusion to people of different cultures/religions/races/genders is so disturbing to me, and the Youngstown Club and other private clubs did this. I cringed reading the article about the exclusion of women until 1989! That wasn't that long ago! Say what you want about missing the YC. I say move on. We can do better. And by the way, last Christmas we had our office party there. The service was poor, the food was blah, and the prices were inflated. We knew we would not return this year.The news of the YC closing does not surprise me.
November 15, 2012 at 5:55 p.m.
There is such beauty that casts a shadow over the ugliness of disease. This story is painted with kindness, hope and compassion. Lynn Kirk, you should all be so proud. God Speed Mr. Bill. Extending to you prayers from a stranger.
(And thank you Vindy for sharing this story)
November 2, 2012 at 10:06 a.m.
Refreshing story. Thank you Vindy for making this a front page story.
Beautiful location for a wedding! All the best to Julie and Joshua!
October 10, 2012 at 12:26 p.m.
Plenty of healthcare in the Valley and beyond for patients to take their business.
Tread carefully nurses. You shouldn't be so confident that you will always have a hospital to work at. A strike could be your nail in the coffin.
August 16, 2012 at 2:56 p.m.
I have no affiliation with Austintown so I speak without bias.
From the stories I've heard from educators and parents, I'm concerned for the Austintown school system, beginning with the superintendent.
The bussing issue is just one of many.
I work with a woman who placed her son in Austintown schools through open enrollment. He just completed his first year. Guess what. He's not accepted for next school year. Never got into trouble, however, he was an underachiever. His mother is assuming this is why he cannot go back in the fall. But guess what again. She's not sure because NO ONE WILL TALK TO HER in the Austintown Superintendent office. Not the superindendent, not a board member, NO ONE. Office assistants are manning the calls. Our guess is that they did want to hurt their school ratings having underachievers.
She was told that schools do not have to give open enrollment students a reason for not accepting them back. I disagree with this policy.
Schools are in the business of educating children. These recent plans are not in the best interests of children. Whether we live in the Austintown school district or elsewhere, we should all be concerned.
It would be prudent of Austintown residents to demand town hall meetings with the board and superintendent. These decisions start with the leadership. If the leadership won't change their ways, time to demand new leadership.
June 19, 2012 at 5:47 p.m.