Tip of the day: There are three rules to keep in mind that will help increase your businesses chance of survival in these trying economic times: Location, location, and don’t let President Obama pay you a visit:

Last week, it was announced that Ray’s Hell Burger just outside Washington, D.C. would be closing its doors. A fan of the burger joint was President Obama, who had visited the location with his Russian counterpart.

Well, it’s happened again. In August, Obama visited Star Brewery in Dubuque. And now a local publication reports that the business is closing its doors.

THonline.com reports:

Star Restaurant and Ultra Lounge apparently has closed.

A sign posted on the front door of the Port of Dubuque restaurant, at 600 Star Brewery Drive, says the business is “permanently closed.”

This kind of thing seems to be quite a common occurrence.


50 Responses to “Achieving Business Longevity in the Era of Hope & Change”

  1. Truesoldier__ on February 19th, 2013 5:25 pm

    Wasn't Ray's Hell Burger the same place that dear leader "forgot" to pay the check?

  2. Truesoldier__ on February 19th, 2013 5:25 pm

    Dear leader's reverse midas touch is still working I see.

  3. Marshall_Will on February 19th, 2013 5:53 pm

    I… tend to see this as more coincidental. Think, carpet bombing. Hardly surgical and VERY expensive but.., eventually gets the job done!

    If I sold you "lightning insurance" and you were not struck by it for the [week] the policy was in force, does that make me a genius? That your premium was well spent? These places were going under ANYWAY. Doug's "pick a link, ANY link!" last sentence bears that out.

    Killing off the independent side of free enterprise here in the U.S was not only an acceptable risk, it was the design.

  4. Truesoldier__ on February 19th, 2013 6:06 pm

    So true. Dear leader needs to tear everything down so that he can rebuild the great new Utopia.

  5. Marshall_Will on February 19th, 2013 6:18 pm

    You've lived here in the PNW ( but hey, I hear you're giving new meaning to FLOTUS "Let's Move!" huh? ) and you've seen firsthand the *contempt* these Progs show for small biz's it isn't funny.

    You're assumed a tax cheat until proven innocent. A simple G'search on "Underground Economy" yields endless articles to LSM publications and ALL of them work off the assumption "there's BILLIONS in untaxed revenues slipping through our hands out there..!?"

    Several articles likened small biz's to drug dealing/prostitution right off the bat. Gee, THANKS guys. And since they couldn't figure out a way to monitor us 24/7 ( they just KILLED it instead )

  6. Truesoldier__ on February 19th, 2013 6:19 pm

    And to add to it, dear leader has plenty of help tearing down the very fabric of this Great Nation:

    JW Releases Confidential USDA Videos Revealing “Cultural Sensitivity Training” Program http://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-rel

    CAIR demands DoJ investigation into WA ST Middle School teacher http://dailycaller.com/2013/02/19/cair-demands-fe

  7. Marshall_Will on February 19th, 2013 6:33 pm

    "the USDA had treated 300 of its employees to a taxpayer-funded ‘tasty celebration’ of dishes from around the world, salsa dancing lessons from Vincent Loran, and a rap performance by a USDA employee who shared his feelings on human differences."

    Man, I sure feel sorry for the poor schmuck that got stuck w/ THAT bill? As JW notes; WTH does this have to do w/ checking for e-coli?

  8. SignPainterGuy on February 19th, 2013 6:48 pm

    Przzy "Capt. Double-Downgrade, Reverse Midas Touch, Gutsy Call" (pick one), visited here last week, gave a speech at a Canadian parts manufacturer that moved in after long-time occupant Volvo Heavy Equip. suffered severe losses from the econ. Will it be Out of Biz soon ? Chances are good, or "BAD" depending on your perspective.

    It was Barry`s 4th visit to the area, but he stayed only a few hrs, sending in for take-out at his fave, BBQ joint, 12 Bones. He had to split for Atlanta and Chicago for more post SOTU speeches.

    On previous visits here, he stayed at the world famous Grove Park Inn where numerous past Presidents have stayed and enjoyed their world class golf course which happens to be in today`s news; Chemical contamination deep in the ground under and around the gc. Barack Obama, mmm mmm mmm ! AND, during his speech at that plant he hinted that he and the 1st family might just move here after this term. Oh JOY ! The whole town may go bust !

  9. Doug on February 19th, 2013 6:52 pm

    That was a Capitol Hill place called Kenny's BBQ — which surprisingly enough I think is still in business. Give it time.

  10. Truesoldier__ on February 19th, 2013 7:08 pm

    Meanwhile the actual tax cheats are running the show. Got to love just how badly the big brother press is getting dear leaders message out.

  11. Truesoldier__ on February 19th, 2013 7:09 pm

    Just like the post office is doing soooo great they are spending $2.2 million to send 400 of their employees to a postal forum in SF.

  12. SignPainterGuy on February 19th, 2013 7:10 pm

    Barry does love his BBQ. See my comment below.

  13. Truesoldier__ on February 19th, 2013 7:21 pm

    As to the new meaning of Let's Move…I should know something in a couple of weeks. Just waiting on word back from a possiblity in Southern Colorado……way up in the mountains.

  14. Truesoldier__ on February 19th, 2013 7:21 pm

    Hopefully the threat to move there was more along the lines of a rock star shout out about how much they love this town and it is the best place they have been on tour yet.

  15. Marshall_Will on February 19th, 2013 7:22 pm

    "gave a speech at a Canadian parts manufacturer"

    What Progs utterly fail to comprehend is even long established biz's dangle by a thread. Longevity is no assurance you'll be there 'next' year. My neighbor worked for Freightliner and made that NC trip 2 X a month for… 20 years. Now I see him on his porch every time I take the grand daughter to the park. Hey Jimmy..!

    I don't believe this economy can take (1) more post-SOTU speech.

  16. jeffythequick on February 19th, 2013 7:26 pm
  17. jeffythequick on February 19th, 2013 7:34 pm

    Saw something on KING-5 last night about a poor cigarette store going out of business b/c of all of the black market cigs out there. Heck, with a tax of $3.02/pack, the tipping point was reached.

    Something on the order of 30% of cigarettes in the state were "illegal". The guy went on to say that, "they may be unhealthy, as who knows what's in them?"

    Someone should show the idiots in Olympia and Washington what a Laffer curve is.

    For the children, of course.

  18. Marshall_Will on February 19th, 2013 7:37 pm

    "Obama pushed for Congress to continue financing a national export credit agency crucial to a goal of doubling exports by 2014."

    Oh…kay…, nothing X nothing still = nothing..!

    What a dillr@d. And STILL he's out doing 18-35K a plate fund raisers! Seriously?

  19. Truesoldier__ on February 19th, 2013 7:38 pm

    Been hearing about that one a lot lately. It makes me wonder just how many orders Boeing is going to loose and Airbus pick up do the battery problems.

  20. Truesoldier__ on February 19th, 2013 7:44 pm

    No surprise. Reminds me of Atlas Shrugged when Reardon had a lobbyist on his payroll to try to keep DC off his back. He felt dirty and disgusted, but did it cause that was the cost of doing business. Of course the lobbyist didn't have Reardon's interests in mind only his own.

  21. Marshall_Will on February 19th, 2013 7:55 pm

    Well, he's out stumping the same old "American workers always win when given a level playing field" speech…

    But then goes on to say ( and this all in your backyard btw ) that He's going to create legislation to get them the financing they need to GET competitive..!?

    Well d'rod, pretty sure the CFO at Boeing knows what the freaking Ex-Im Bank does? Uh… they've had a relationship since its creation! Translation? "I want to nationalize YOUR industry TOO!"

    What else makes sense?

  22. SignPainterGuy on February 19th, 2013 8:07 pm

    The "Laffer Curve" ? Is that a new ride at Six Flags ?

    The Laffer Curve has too many dem head-exploding facts in it ! Tell them about McDonald`s "Dollar Menu" instead. Same thing, but they can actually see it in action !

  23. Marshall_Will on February 19th, 2013 8:07 pm

    PERIOD ENDING 12/2012 09/2012 06/2012 03/2012
    Balance Sheet – Assets
    Cash and Equivalents 10,341,000 6,582,000 6,305,000 6,718,000
    Marketable Securities 3,217,000 4,590,000 4,002,000 3,798,000
    Accounts Receivable 5,608,000 5,437,000 5,894,000 6,475,000

    That look like a "cash starved" bal. sheet to you guys? Sheez, they're already choking on it! If Boeing sells out to Bammie it's all OVER for American manufacturers. In fact, b/c of the % of export sales, we could say they're the only thing between us and a third world economy.

  24. SignPainterGuy on February 19th, 2013 8:14 pm

    The local radio station offered online live streaming of the speech. Of course, I avoided THAT like the plague. Well, guess what, the next day the local talk show host played the speech. In full ! He then played excerpts while pickin` `em apart, which was fun.

    BTW, tell "Jimmy" I hate that he lost his job. I have to wonder why though, `cause by anecdotal evidence, what I see on the road, Freightliners are the most common ones followed by Volvos.

    Freightliners were first designed and then contracted to be built by Consolidated Freightways; a trucking co. recognizable by their red n green CF and double line logo. We called them affectionately, "Corn Flake". The more austere fleet models were lighter aluminum bodied and framed, thus allowing for greater payloads. I liked driving them. The custom models rivalled Peterbuilts and Kenworths. Still do !

  25. SignPainterGuy on February 19th, 2013 8:38 pm

    I`m certainly hoping so ! He`ll disrupt traffic and clog biz everywhere he goes even post-presiduncy !

  26. Marshall_Will on February 19th, 2013 8:39 pm

    He was basically their test 'pilot'. Anything new was bolted to his rig and road tested. He also delivered parts coast to coast and back. This is after all, a trucking company!

    They've been quietly winding down for years and it was his time to retire. Many of their smaller vendors were my customers for finance stuff and we all kind of circled the same drain.

  27. SignPainterGuy on February 19th, 2013 8:41 pm

    I bought "Atlas Shrugged II" on DVD today; didn`t know it was out, just spotted it on the shelf at Best Buy. Now for "III".

  28. Truesoldier__ on February 19th, 2013 8:44 pm

    No doubt about it. Just ask the people who tried to land in Aspen over the weekend when Mooches was in town to go skiing.

  29. Truesoldier__ on February 19th, 2013 8:49 pm

    Thanks for the reminder. I had forgotten that was today.

  30. SignPainterGuy on February 19th, 2013 8:50 pm

    That grounding is tuff; I hate it for you !

    I read something about another mfr sticking with the safer NiCads.

    My first analog cell phone had a Nicad Battery and had stand-by bat. life of maybe 8 hrs. My next two digital c,ph. had NiCads as well but lasted 6 days or so. Good improvements, but nothing like my current Samsung "Convoy II". It has a standby bat. life of 22+ days; no kidding ! It`s ruggedized to military specs and a decent camera w/ data card.

  31. Truesoldier__ on February 19th, 2013 9:04 pm

    O/T…but way too funny. Check out the Postal Service's latest plan to fix their financial woes:

  32. Truesoldier__ on February 19th, 2013 9:19 pm

    Yeah. The only reason this position isn't in a "freeze" mode is it is a multi role position (admin, HR poc, IT poc, etc, etc) in the Great Dunes National Park. Nice small town area and fairly Conservative other than the college there (keeps the voting about 50/50 split).

  33. Marshall_Will on February 19th, 2013 9:26 pm

    Lord, ridonckulus. Seriously, that is what they came up with? The good news just keeps on coming. Here in Oregon it looks like In-state tuition for Illegals is on path toward passing.

    And all of this really in defiance of voters. I mean WTF, we're as broke as a JOKE but we have 'money' for this. FUNDING apparently is just one of those questions you don't ask when Race is involved.

  34. SignPainterGuy on February 19th, 2013 10:22 pm

    Good luck !

  35. SignPainterGuy on February 19th, 2013 10:34 pm

    I Google Earthed Great Dunes NP, CO and it zoomed right in on a strip between some rugged looking mtns and a circularish patch of dunes. I thought, "Ooo, looks awful dry !" I then clicked on a picture icon and got ……… "Severe Thunderstorm" showing a group of people standing in puddles. Ha haaa !

  36. SignPainterGuy on February 19th, 2013 10:47 pm

    Speaking of Mooch`s love for skiing; there are a few ski results in the Asheville area, within an hour`s drive easy, but much less Ritzy than Aspen. Post-pResiduncy, Barry may think he`s gonna move to NC for great BBQ and good golf (and local tolerance for drugs n the gay lifestyle – ssshhhh), but I`d bet Moo will have some negative response to that. If he does, it`ll be without her and the girls !

  37. SignPainterGuy on February 19th, 2013 10:52 pm

    That would be a good job to have; test stuff and if it breaks there`s a whole pick up and delivery plan in place. Breakdowns were always a worry for me when we were driving over the road. I much preferred local driving and being home every night. If there was a breakdown, help was never more than 2 hrs away.

  38. SignPainterGuy on February 19th, 2013 10:59 pm

    The story said they got a return of $73,000. per $1 spent last year. That`d be $73,000. X $2,200,000. = $160,600,000,000. 160.6 BILLION Dollars ? And they can`t seem to fund their retirements ?

  39. jeffythequick on February 20th, 2013 11:57 am

    I read about the Ni-Cd as well, but for that, I say that the future does not belong to the weak, the afraid, and the safe choice.

    Of course, that other company is in Europe, and their ancestors were afraid to get on a boat and see the new world.

  40. Truesoldier__ on February 20th, 2013 12:05 pm

    Well the $73k is dem economics, you know like Pelosi saying that unemployment and foodstamps are the best stimulous out there or Biden saying we have to spend money to keep from going bankrupt.

  41. SignPainterGuy on February 20th, 2013 1:04 pm

    I left out an important point about my new c.ph.; it has a Lithium Ion Battery. SOOOO much better than NiCad.

  42. SignPainterGuy on February 20th, 2013 1:09 pm

    Yeah, NASA only claimed a return on money invested of 7 to 1 !

  43. jeffythequick on February 20th, 2013 1:10 pm

    Plus, the memory effect of NiCd batteries makes it difficult.

    However, being 7 miles away from the closest maintenance shop with a bad battery is not fun, especially when the 7 miles is straight down.

  44. Truesoldier__ on February 20th, 2013 1:14 pm

    I also heard last night on the way home from work that the SPEEA union at Boeing was recommending that their members reject the latest contract. I just checked and the Engineers went against their union recommendation and approved the contract, but the smaller technical workers part of the union barely defeated the contract and have voted to authorize a strike in the future if negotiations don't go their way.

    Glad to see the engineers (the larger portion of the union) agreed to the terms, but I am worried for Boeing that another strike on top of the battery problem could really hurt them badly.

  45. SignPainterGuy on February 20th, 2013 1:24 pm

    I was warned about the "memory effect" of the NiCds, but never witnessed it personally. My old phones developed other strange issues that pushed me to buy new ones. The last one would send text messages that looked more like programer`s code.

  46. Truesoldier__ on February 20th, 2013 1:31 pm

    O/T…Interesting read about Hagel, Iran and the WH that came to light due to a defamation lawsuits discovery process. Of course it looks like little things like facts are not going to matter to McLame and Grahamnesty as they have already conceeded that they will allow a vote on Hagel's conformation next week.

  47. SignPainterGuy on February 20th, 2013 2:32 pm

    It appears that the Lame Twins just want us to know who Bammie is nominating, but have no intention of actually stopping him. Barry has a right to his faves …… right ?

  48. jeffythequick on February 20th, 2013 2:55 pm

    It was fun to walk through the SPEEA leafleteers and let them know that if they give me a ballot, I'd vote my conscience, but since they don't do that for Beck Objectors, they can take their strike authorizations and place them where the sun doesn't shine.

    I'm not against unions as an entity, citing the 1st Amendment of freedom of association, but the tactics are a bit mob-like.

    Well, here's to another 3 years of not getting e-mails from both sides fighting over us like mom and dad fighting for the kids' affections.

  49. jeffythequick on February 20th, 2013 3:01 pm

    The one thing you don't want to see is a bunch of engineers in a mob. There will be meetings and action plans, then one guy in the back will bring up a pertinent point, and we'll all discuss it, and then set up a meeting to resolve it.

    Plus, there will be spreadsheets on the action plan.

    It's a well organized chaos, and there will be lots of ridicule for the guy that just wants to go out and do something without planning it first.

  50. imoforpcs on May 2nd, 2017 3:54 pm

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