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My only experience with Pepino's was after Founder's Fest this year. We were staying with a friend in the burbs and were hungry when we got back to his place so we hit up the Pepino's down the road because it was the only place he could think of whose kitchen was still open.
I remember the pizza was loaded with toppings and tasted like it had been dipped in a vat of that orange "garlic butter." Sober I probably would have found all that artificially flavored grease disgusting. However, drunk and stoned it wasn't so stomach turning...based on this experience I think the place will do just fine in EL.
I've probably eaten at the one in GR a dozen times, but I have never had their pizza. They make pretty good subs and burgers. They also have a shitload of tv's and a pretty decent beer selection, all of which help make it one of the better local sports bars, and I am sure they will be do just fine in EL.
Yes he is. And I'm very proud that he is bringing his success to EL. Let's hope EL embraces this welcome and needed addition to the business community.
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I wonder if Harry is starting to realize he made a boob maneuver by relocating LouHas to Bath. "Hey guys! Let's go fish in THAT pond over there instead of this honeyhole of a pond--which has all the fish. Doesn't that sound like a great idea?"
That guy managing probably fucked up LouHa's. He'd probably be better slumming at one of those bars on Michigan Ave.
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Harry owns that entire strip mall. He's doing just fine. And I think that location will get better and better as the years go on. They just built another set of nice apartments within walking distance. And I think there is a proposal to build even more.
Harry doesn't own the plaza, he leases it from Vlahakis.
The apartments just built will house no more than 200 residents. It's for sure stretch to assert that an addition to the Chandler Crossings apartment empire will provide probative value that it directly will result in an increase in business for LouHas. I wouldn't give that prediction much weight given the thousands of existing residents grossly favor frequenting downtown EL.
Football season is crucial for LouHas and the addition of two more bars downtown (one being a Sports bar) provide more attractive destinations to catch the game closer to the action. I'm just using common sense. I'm not suggesting your prediction won't happen, rather the combination of HopCat, Peppinos, Dublin, Harpers and Bdubs just makes it seem highly unlikely.
The majority of people that do not attend a game participate in tailgating festivities of the sort. I for one would chose one of the downtown spots over LouHas because: first, it would be difficult to catch a cab to get to Chandler; second, extremely managable walk from tailgate, third, the new bars present a draw of their own because its a "new place in town."
Indeed, those factors are not part of an exhaustive list, for every person's preferences are different. Further, I only considered home games under one of many potential scenarios. However, Downtown EL will now offer a variety it crucially lacked before. Might I add, the bar scene will be far more attractive to new demographics it could not connect with before. I would not be surprised if Harry is gasping for air trying to stay afloat after football season.
Certainly, LouHas has a great craft beer selection, but HopCat's 30% larger selection is a mircrobrew fanatic's wet dream. Also, undoubtedly, LouHas has an assload of TVs and has a huge capacity, yet that could be either a bad thing or a good thing.
The addition of not one but two new bars will rival one aspect or another (LouHas craft selection v HopCat's craft beer selection; and LouHas atmosphere and pubfare v Peppinos atmosphere and pubfare). It will be interesting to see how the addition of a second sports bar downtown effects one another's numbers.
And still no one goes to those shitty bars. I lived in Chandlers when LouHas opened up there, no one went, we went a few times just to see if other people went, it was always empty, my friend was a waitress there and she said it was always empty.
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