4-Jan-2010 (Mon)
Wherein we bend over and take it.

Well, that's it, we're closed until the end of the month.

Here's a depressing photo:

That is what a bar looks like when it is not a bar. I haven't actually seen that mirror in nine and a half years, because there are always hundreds of bottles in front of it.

During our downtime, we'll be doing a lot of repairs. Most of it probably won't be anything you'll notice. There will be a lot of general maintenance of the sort that we do continuously, but we'll be catching up and doing a bunch of it at once. There are a few areas where the downtime will be marginally helpful (for example, we'll be able to give the floor a thorough painting and give it plenty of time to dry) but mostly it will be work that we could have done any time. But we're doing it this month because that at least gives a few of our employees the opportunity to clock in and book some hours so that they don't all have to go file for unemployment right after the holidays.

Let's not forget that the ABC prohibitionists are not just screwing over us small business owners, and generally trying to destroy San Francisco's entertainment economy, they're also directly screwing over everyone who works here. Your tax dollars, hard at work.

I will end up needing to write a personal check to cover all of those salaries and repair materials, because that's what happens when you find yourself doing a bunch of repairs during a month when you have no income at all, but still have insurance, taxes, and rent to pay. Good times. Good times indeed.

Anyway. Some photos are up of Bootie's "Capricornukkah" party last week.

10 Responses:

  1. fantasygoat says:

    I've often wondered, what with the DNA being such a huge cash drain and how you don't take a salary from it for running the place, and now with all the ABC expenses, if your retirement is in jeopardy.

  2. mc_kingfish says:

    WORST. PHOTO. EVERRRR.

  3. mackys says:

    > Let's not forget that the ABC prohibitionists are not just screwing over us small business owners, and generally trying to destroy San Francisco's entertainment economy, they're also directly screwing over everyone who works here. Your tax dollars, hard at work.
    >
    > I will end up needing to write a personal check to cover all of those salaries and repair materials, because that's what happens when you find yourself doing a bunch of repairs during a month when you have no income at all, but still have insurance, taxes, and rent to pay. Good times. Good times indeed.

    Call me paranoid, but I suspect the ABC uses this tactic a lot. It's an attempt to starve out/bankrupt clubs. I suspect you already know that.

    But what my paranoid tells me is that this won't be the last time they try to pull this bullshit on you. They'll do anything they can to find another excuse to do this to you again. And again. And again.

    Hopefully I'm wrong...

  4. God, that IS a depressing photo. Every alcoholic cell in my body just cried out in agony all at once, and then was silenced forever. Or, you know, at least for a few weeks.

  5. ibsulon says:

    :/

    In any event, we were in SF for the weekend (from Tucson) and had a hell of a time New Years Eve. Good luck fighting the good fight!