May Contain Blueberries

the sometimes journal of Jeremy Beker

An article came out this morning in our local web news site about two restaurants that have closed in Williamsburg,

Two Restaurants Closed, Owe JCC Meals, Business Taxes

I don’t know of the specifics in these cases, but it is the tone of the comments that seems to miss the point. I can think of numerous occasions where people I know have commented “Its too bad restaurant XYZ closed.” And I agree that it is sad to see local restaurants close. But I find that I have to restrain myself from asking what, to me, is the obvious question “Did you frequent them?” Because I am sure that in almost all the instances, the answer is “No.” And if so, why the hell are you surprised they went out of business?

If you value local restaurants and local businesses and you want them to succeed, you need to shop there. That is how you support local businesses; you give them money. Don’t buy your wine at Target or Walmart or even the chain grocery stores, find a local seller. Will it be a bit more expensive? Possibly, but frankly, if you say you support local business and aren’t willing to put your money down to do so, please shut up.

Thank you.