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Why 5280 is Great and I Suck
September 3, 2011 | Frank Bonanno
This month, Shari Caudron wrote a review of Lou’s FoodBar for 5280. Essentially, she concluded that she doesn’t get it. I ranted. What’s to get? Why didn’t she call to ask about the concept? How can she posit on a philosophy when she didn’t even take the time to discuss that philosophy with me–or Jacqueline, or anyone else??! Jacqueline raged with me. She wrote a letter to 5280 publisher Dan Brogan, who staunchly defended Ms. Caudron, said she’d talked to both of us.
I telephoned Mr. Brogan, and in our conversation he got rather specific. Said she’d spoken with both of us on our cell phones when we were on a road trip with our children.
What? . . . Oh. . .
In June, (I emphasize June, three months ago, not because it excuses our complete memory lapse, but because it demonstrates just how thorough Ms. Caudron is in her writing) our family was returning from the Judi’s House fundraiser when we did, indeed, speak with Shari and discuss the philosophy and decor of Lou’s FoodBar at some length.
My apologies to Shari Caudron: She telephoned us on several occasions, and a Fact Checker called after the story was complete to confirm details.
(How many times have I said, “I love a Fact Checker”??). I suck.
The philosophy behind Lou’s, which I firmly stand behind, is outlined in an earlier blog, “Lou’s, My Kinda Roadhouse” here: https://www.bonannoconcepts.com/industry/lous-my-kinda-roadhouse/.