"a local person that was clever enough to pen and probably believe in that idealistic grant proposal"
If you think Mr. Harver wrote those proposals, or that the person that did it for him for free wasn't burned at his stake by the time the year turned, you are very mistaken.
August 22, 2013 at 11:35 p.m.
whatever, i'll take either of their criminal records over Jacob Harver any day. It might not be public record, but he has maliciously or delusionally screwed over way too many people for to think it could get any worse.
@jessica78: He's doing the future employees a favor with the re-branding. A very good friend of mine worked there for almost two years (gotta be a record) during college before being fired during one of his "it's everyone else's fault" fits. This individual was given a courtesy tip by another business owner, after being denied employment, to not put the Lemon Grove down as a previous employer because the place had such a bad stigma in the community.
This is absolutely not my only knowledge of his practices, i've witnessed plenty more first-hand through out the years, but it seemed relevant.
August 22, 2013 at 8:58 p.m.
an by the way, i don't know the owners of O'Donold's or this Brent guy, doubt I've ever been to any of their establishments, but I followed the comments links to their court records. Since when are a noise ordinance conviction and some traffic tickets (the Rinehart's) even comparable to multiple assault charges (Brent Furrie)?
August 22, 2013 at 7:59 p.m.
Not even gonna get into Jacob's business sense. He lacked some skills, everyone does. He had an almost unbelievable amount of support getting that place up and running to make up for his shortcomings.
..and then he fired them, one by one, once he was done using them. Whatever, his business, his call to make.
My problem with him is that simply firing people during one of his fits isn't good enough for him. He goes out of his way to weave elaborate lies about why they were fired. Potentially long term, damaging lies, just to save some face. He's gone far enough with his delusions to actually get the courts and other agencies involved until he eventually gives up because he knows he doesn't have a leg to stand on. That makes him a disturbing individual.
burnout also mentioned how horribly he treated local artists. Not only did he allow their works to be destroyed, sometimes he would just hold the pieces hostage, rotting away in his basement, for no reason other than...well, because he could, I guess?
He's been doing a it does years. It's no wonder he's finally alienated enough of his target market to be forced to change gears. Everyone who had even the slightest involvement with him besides eating or drinking there has at least one horror story about Jacob.
He got by with his initial market for longer than he deserved because they would still come downtown for some other event, then get drunk enough to stand his bar for nostalgia's sake.
But now, there is next to nothing to draw that crowd downtown and hope that they'll stumble into his bar. He has no choice but to turn it into something that leaches off the other 'clubs' if he has any hope of digging himself out of the hole he dug.
As much as I dislike the man, I'm sad it turned out this way. Him losing control was inevitable, but I always hoped someone more sane with the same vision would pick up the ball. He stretched his power trip way too long, and it is 100% his fault that his idea wasn't sustained.
August 22, 2013 at 7:47 p.m.