Our "notorious" Robert N. attended the Restaurant Meeting at Anthem Center on September 27th...
...and as always...
...we appreciate his "brutal honesty" in deciding to tell us what he witnessed !
A Formal Restaurant Swan Song?
by Robert N.
I was at an interesting and well-attended meeting on Tuesday where Residents could expound their thoughts about the continuing saga of the SCA Restaurant.
The usual suspects were present: the full HOA Board was in attendance.
Sandy Seddon was also at the Head Table and, I must report, did an excellent job in the coordination of Residents who wanted to make a statement.
Now, I readily admit, I did NOT take any nefarious recordings of the proceedings, nor did I take copious notes at the meeting; however I can readily make some astute and honest observations based on my memory.
Only about +/- 2 dozen Residents approached the microphone to voice their opinion(s) about the future of a restaurant at Sun City Anthem.
-virtually NO ONE wants yet another “formal” restaurant at Sun City Anthem; over the years there have been five (5) failed restaurants.
(A definition of Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and hoping the outcome will be different !)
-virtually NO ONE wants to have a dues increase to subsidize a restaurant venture; one gentleman offered a cost analysis and stated that it would cost SCA (e.g. you and me-the Residents) $15,000 to $20,000 per MONTH to subsidize a formal restaurant.
-one individual, who spoke to the Nevada Real Estate Board, was concerned that opening any restaurant to the public would violate our Public Offering Statement that identifies our restaurant as an “amenity” (e.g. something for the enjoyment of RESIDENTS and GUESTS only).
-a MAJORITY of the attendees looked forward to having an “informal eatery” available for their use and enjoyment. This “informal eatery” DOES NOT need a culinary Chef – all it needs is a cook who knows how to make a good sandwich, a good burger, or a good salad.
-a MAJORITY of the attendees also pined for some type of ‘entertainment’ on a Friday or Saturday night that would serve as a ‘draw’ for the ‘informal eatery’.
-it was split whether there should or should not be some type of gambling at the ‘informal eatery’ (e.g. video poker); some speakers stated that this ‘informal eatery’ would only be successful IF there was some type of gambling – other speakers were of the opinion that if the prospective Lessee was an experienced Restaurateur, gambling would not be necessary.
-if an ‘informal eatery’ is in place, it MUST offer take-out service – this would make a lot of sense; on those nights you don’t feel like cooking and don’t feel like ‘going out to dinner’, you would have an option to get some (simple) food locally (without driving down Eastern Ave.)
-I also note that some individuals made the FALSE and MISLEADING statement that the presence of a restaurant will help to maintain our property values. EVERYONE gets a copy of the “Spirit magazine”; enclosed in that mailing is an insert from Proudfit Realty that reported in July, 2014 the Median Sales Price of a home in SCA was $176 per square foot; in July, 2016 the average Median Sales Price of a home in SCA was $178 per square foot – our Median Sales Price INCREASED after the restaurant closed.
I found it very interesting that, present at this meeting, there was one or more individuals who were staunch supporters to continue the Formal Restaurant Debacle; one of the individuals had also taken the time to prepare a ‘White Wash Paper’ supporting a formal restaurant. Although they had the ample opportunity to forward their view publicly at the meeting – they were silent.
I would certainly hope that our current HOA Board takes ALL the comments expounded at this meeting under proper consideration – clearly, the Residents HAVE SPOKEN !
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