Henderson Center Restaurant Update: Zoë’s ready, Diver’s in the Wings and Is There A Labor Shortage??

 

The long-awaited Zoë had its soft opening by way of a party last Wednesday at which an appreciative crowd gobbled down shrimps, lemon tarts and lots of pizza. The pizza was terrific-light and flavorful- and Zoë’s homemade crackers made their debut. the lemon tarts were the hit of the evening and there were some very interesting snacks made of tiny baked potatoes. Much wine and beer was consumed and everyone had a good time. Among those present were Joel Mielke and Lynn Harvey and former Eureka City Councilperson  Mike Newman.

This week Marsa Jordan,  the proprietor, advised us she’s STILL HIRING so tell any fine-dining-experienced jobseekers you know to send their resumé  to Marsa at http://zoe2850fst@gmail.com.  No firm opening date until she’s staffed, so hurry!

Now, I don’t mean to be an alarmist, but there was an interesting Facebook post the other day (the first in history!) in which someone from the new 6th and Eatery (owned by the same folks who have the Humboldt Soup Company) reported that a couple of days before Christmas,  they had actually had to close down in the afternoon because three of their six kitchen staffers had called in sick.   I KNOW everyone’s has been sick lately and I have NO idea what labor relations are like at the 6th and Eatery but it made me start thinking .  We now have a minimum wage of $10 an hour, which is almost worth showing up to work for. I wonder what the impact of the new wage will be on absenteeism? Eight hours at the old $6.75 wage amounted to a big fat $54 less deductions; that’s a lot less than $80 less deductions. Losing $80 from your paycheck HURTS!! These increases have been tough for the employers but we’re a lot closer to  living wages than we were. I’ll be curious to see how long it takes Marsa to fill her jobs. The last thing we need in Humboldt County is a labor shortage.

Finally, Sean from the Diver Bar- just down the block from Zoë – reports that they are making progress, working on the floors etc. and occasionally post progress reports on their Facebook page.  He’s looking for an opening date NLT the end of February.  Watch this space!!

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The Insiders’ Guide To Watching Star Wars

I was living in LA/Venice  in 1977 when my friend came to drag me to the new Star Wars movie that had just opened at the Westwood cinema.  I wasn’t really into space movies and I was even less enthused when we got close enough to see the line around the block and beyond.  When we reached the box office the cashier announced that the seats they were selling were in the FRONT row.

The film had opened less than a week before but John had already seen it five times. We scrunched down in the seats craning our necks back at the screen which was about five feet in front of us.  Remember the first scene of the first Star Wars?  Remember those lines of text flying over your head ?  It was terrifying but I must have gotten used to it because I lived through the film.

Fast-forward to a few years ago when the most recent Star Wars movie opened at the Broadway Cinema. I am a fan but not a fanatic, which is why I couldn’t tell you the name of the last one  without looking it up. Okay, I looked it up- it was Revenge of the Sith, 2005.  So my friend and I-  we both hate crowds- were trying to figure out how to see Revenge of The Sith in as empty a theater as possible.   We figured to go on the very last night  and waited several weeks, then on what was advertised as closing night we went down to the the Broadway expecting to saunter in to an empty theater.  WTF? The place was packed!!  What went wrong? 

When I got a chance, I took a meeting with The Consultants.  The Consultants hang at the candy counter and they gave us the straight skinny. The formula, they said, was E-3, where E is the Ending Date, you count back three days and THAT’S when you go.  Last days don’t work because that’s when all the nuts come out, and the folks who’ve seen it eight times and just want to sneak in one more.

So there you have it: E-3.  I’ll see you down there. In March or so.

ZOË is Hiring! AND having a party

The eagerly anticipated addition to the Henderson Center restaurant scene, the upscale bistro, Zoë, is showing signs of life after a difficult period dealing with health inspections, building inspections etc. You’ll recall that this venue was originally a drugstore, so we’re talking major remodel.  Owner Marsa Jordan tells us that she is now hiring staff for a December 28 start date.  From the Facebook announcement:

“Zoë is now accepting applications for waitstaff, cooks, managers, prep assistants and dishwashers. Please send resumes to our e-mail. zoe2850fst@gmail.com. I will be conducting phone interviews while we are in construction and will be hiring within the next month.”

Marsa has announced that she is planning a party on Wednesday, December 30 from 6pm to 9pm, featuring appetizers and artisan pizza.  This is invitation and reservations must be made.  Beer and wine will be extra.

Art is on the way.   Marsa has commissioned Kathryn Stotler to do collages, and other artist will be featured for display and sale.  Window treatments are going up on Monday.  

Zoë is coming!!

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Motel Six Under Heat In Sac

Eureka is not the only town to have problem motels but the cast of characters changes. The Sac Bee recently reported that the Motel 6 chain is being told by the City of Sacramento to clean up its act. The story is HERE.

Sacramento has had other problem lodging situations.  The venerable Red Lion/Sacramento Inn complex near Arden Fair, where many of our local State workers were sent for training over the years, nosedived so badly into a dangerous and unsavory place that it was recently slated to be demolished.

In Eureka, the Motel 6 has not been a problem.   It was not included on the list of “problem”  properties that were tabulated by the Lost Coast Outpost as using a disproportionate share of the city’s resources for trouble calls etc in January of this year. Those properties were: Blue Heron Lodge (now closed), Chin’s Motel, Pine Motel, McCullens Motel, Broadway Motel, Budget Motel, Christie’s Motel, the Royal Inn, the Flamingo Motel and the Serenity Inn.  I’ve had friends and relatives stay at the Motel 6 in Eureka and they thought it was fine, for the no-frills price.

The Motel 6 chain is noted, of course, for its dog-friendly policies. I’ve stayed at the Motel 6 in Santa Rosa – because of the dog- near Coddingtown and it was fine, nothing fancy but definitely safe.  What a shame that the situation in Sacramento deteriorated so badly.  People need clean,  safe lodging at a reasonable price.

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Shopping in Eureka, 1959

The news lately has been so horrible l want to regress to an earlier time. This post from three years ago reflects the same feeling.

     The news lately has been so disturbing and distressing it’s only natural to retreat into reveries of a more innocent time. At least that’s what I’m doing.

     Eureka in the ‘Fifties was very different in feeling than it is now. Going down town to do Christmas shopping was exciting because you could discover what new stores had opened, not just what was the latest to close down.  There was a feeling of prosperity in the air and the trains still rumbled along the waterfront, not that we went down there.  The Bank of America was the edge of the known world to a kid in those days because we weren’t allowed to go any further toward the Bay, not without an adult. Anyone remember the Sportsmen’s Cafe? The burgers were flavored with the excitement of being close to the Unknown, just catty-corner from Daly’s.

      Daly’s could always be counted on for lots of holiday decor, as could the other stores: Bistrin’s, McGaraghan’s,  Lerner’s, the Mode O’Day.  I loved Sears’ Cafeteria on Fifth Street where Millie Sears dished up chicken pot pie, the all-time comfort food.  I remember being with my grandmother and my Aunt Evelyn Olander in a diner called Tiny’s that was on or near the corner of 5th and F.  The place was packed with shoppers and the windows steamed against the darkness. We ate spaghetti, which we never got at home,  and all was well with the world.

     On Fridays there would always be a reason to go to Lazio’s.  Friday lunchtime it seemed  the whole town was there, including the priests from St. Bernard’s. We watched the ladies slinging crabs and picked up chowder to take home.  Eureka was a great place to grow up in.  Let’s hope the New Year brings back some of the comfort and joy we knew in days past.  Happy Holidays to all!

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God Bless Our Regional Center Workers

The social workers and aides at the Redwood Coast Regional Center don’t get much publicity or recognition for their largely thankless work supporting and advocating for our developmentally disabled citizens. Folks with retardation, autism, seizure disorders etc. sometimes need help dealing with school, employment and life in general and the folks at the Regional Center are there to help them.  They are overworked, underpaid, and take shit regularly from the State, the clients, the parents etc. Anyone who works at the Regional Center is a candidate for sainthood, IMHO.

If you know anyone who works there, tell them you appreciate them. They don’t get that often.

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Do You Go To “Free Dinners”?

Like everyone else, I’ve been aware that sales operations pushing timeshares, questionable real estate developments and other bad ideas sometimes entice their victims with a free meal. Lately there are even out-of-town hospitals inviting our folks to sit through a presentation on the glories of their particular institution while munching on a free hotel meal.   I can’t imagine why anyone shows up.  I’m really put off by the notion that I’m such an imbecile or so broke that a free meal would cause me to choose one vendor over another.  For a free meal, I couldn’t be bothered to drive downtown, not unless it was catered by Wolfgang Puck in person and we got to keep the chinaware. 

But hundreds of people show up at these things. I’ve heard about people who show up  at ALL of them.  I wonder how many of you got an invitation, on thick paper, to a “Free Eureka Dinner Conference” involving real estate investing, at the Red Lion on Monday Nov 30th. According to the flyer, this is “sponsored” by a couple of A&E TV personalities but  they will not be present.  Nowhere in the literature can you find the name of the entity actually presenting this “Real Estate Income Event”.   The return address is a “unicorn ” office In NYC, a virtual office where no one actually works. If you want advice from these folks, you’re welcome to it. I think I would recommend consulting one of our many local realtors or brokers, or taking a class. If you go, let us know how it was!!

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HALLOWE’EN LIGHTS AND SIGHTS IN EUREKA 2015

I put out a request on the NextDoor website asking for locations with Hallowe’en lights or displays worth driving by. This is what has been reported so far. Enjoy! and watch out for little goblins.

Cedar Street past the corner of Cypress (the Cedar Street near Lundbar Hills, not the Cedar Street downtown)

Corner of “H” and Manzanita

3400 Block of “K” between Hodgson and Manzanita

London Drive on Humboldt Hill

Herrick between Noe and Bay Pointe (Don’t miss this one! Several figures)

Corner of Chester and Harrison- Spooks dancing around a tree. Excellent!

and everyone’ s favorite, Hodgson Street just before W Street. 

Just In from NN: “We are trying our first ever “Haunted Pathway” this year at our house! It’s not a haunted house per se, but it’s 50ft of Halloween fun with some entertainment, music, and an ending that will leave a lasting impression! Try out your courage, and you will surely be rewarded for your efforts at the end.

South end of D street in Eureka! Just follow the music =).”

 

Finally, I picked up a flyer at the Fresh Freeze which advertises “The Haunted Ghost Ship” which looks an awful lot like the Madaket.  The Ghost Ship will be open Friday and Saturday only from 6 to 10 pm for those 12 years and older, in flat shoes, admission “$10 per soul”.   Tickets sold on the dock at the foot of Commercial Street.  This is a joint presentation of the Humboldt Bay Maritime Museum. the Humboldt Bay Air/Sea Naval Museum and the crew of the Madaket. They have a Facebook page right HERE. 

Please write in to share your favorites!  HAPPY HALLOWE’EN!.

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