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The Dog & Pig Show closing for most of July, Sub Rosa taking a short summer holiday


Anonymous 06/25/2016 at 9:35 AM

But what will we eat? I don’t know any restaurants outside of church hill! Jk :). Have a good break guys and thanks for always being there!

Eric S. Huffstutler 06/25/2016 at 1:04 PM

@2 Debra Miller… I am with you. Successful restaurants and food destinations do not close for a month at a time but rather have management keep it open. July (including 4th) is a major time of summer business. Not a good sign.

John M 06/25/2016 at 1:18 PM

Eric – summer is a bit slower in the restaurant biz for a lot of folks. People go to cookouts, the beach, whatever.

These places can close precisely because they are successful, yes? Good on Dog & Pig for continuing to evolve and good on Sub Rosa for giving themselves a vacation.

Liz 06/25/2016 at 2:27 PM

^Ditto what he said!!

Eric S. Huffstutler 06/25/2016 at 4:43 PM

@4 John M. I am not in the restaurant business and only basing my comment on perspective rational thinking. Even if these are slow months, people don’t completely evacuate Richmond leaving it a ghost town. I think closing completely for a month is not a good business model. Open under reduced hours or close for a week. Offer a summer menu. A month seems a bit excessive and people who are left seek out alternatives and may not return. Ever watch shows like “Kitchen Nightmares” or “Restaurant: Impossible”? Not something they would advise to keep a business afloat. 🙂

dog lover 06/25/2016 at 5:12 PM

#2 and #3 – how about these restaurants are open for people who actually live here and who have made a business plan on that and not on fickle tourists. Who gave you two the right to judge?

Eric S. Huffstutler 06/25/2016 at 5:21 PM

@7 dog lover… not being judgmental in all respects. Only on a business model sense. Yet, you mention fickle tourist. If Church Hill (or Richmond for that matter) would embrace its heritage and invest in drawing in tourism as well as constructing neighborhood business and tourist attractions to bring them in, that fickle statement would be moot.

dog lover 06/25/2016 at 5:21 PM

#6 – they both closed last year and they are still here and thriving. I think some people are smart and know what is best for them and their businesses and some people who admit to knowing nothing seem to spew their opinions like experts.

Martha Looney 06/27/2016 at 11:49 AM

I’m always jealous when Proper Pie and Dog & Pig close for a month. Last year it was Sept. Good for them to make a living doing what they want and when they want to do it. Now that’s an excellent business model.

Clay Street 06/27/2016 at 6:03 PM

It may need to be said here that real life/running a small business is nothing like a TV show, just FYI.


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