Skip to comments.Big Mama's shuts down for good
Posted on 08/26/2010 7:44:01 AM PDT by raccoonradio
'Big Mama' shuts down oven for good
Brenda "Big Mama" Franklin is finished frying chicken and cooking greens in her House of Southern Cuisine on Liberty Avenue, Downtown.
The Garfield woman closed her restaurant Monday and posted two hand-written notes on the front doors today thanking her loyal customers, praising God and excoriating the Pittsburgh Parking Authority for levying parking fines against her that she said sapped her restaurant's modest revenues.
"Due to parking issues beyond my control I am forced to close. However, I'll be relocating to another state," Franklin wrote. "I've been targeted by the Parking Authority, which makes it very hard for my customers to park."
Franklin has not been targeted by parking enforcement agents, said David Onorato, executive director of the Pittsburgh Parking Authority.
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The whole thing seems sketchy to me.
I’ve grown to love Pitt. more and more since our convention moved there in ‘06. In fact when I got back home to New England I felt sorry I had to leave. I enjoyed the whole
area, though the rest. is gone now. Speaking of which,
every year we walk en masse (24 of us, usually) a mile down
Smithfield St. to the Buca di Beppo at Station Square and we have a blast—great food, wacky pictures on the wall—of course Buca is in many other cities, too, but we enjoy
And the fireworks last yr from the convention ctr
roof were fun.
If I could live in a cartoon universe, I would want one drawn by Dan DeCarlo.
“Oh roar a roar for Nora,
Nora Alice in the night,
for she has seen Aurora Borealis
A furor for our Nora,
and applaud Aurora’s scene,
for where throughout the summer
has our Borealis been?”
“The whole thing seems sketchy to me.”
Does that mean we shouldn’t pencil you in for the next one?
Business plan, what's that? operating expenses, what are those? Whadda you mean it won't continuously rain donations?
The Pogo Christmas Carol;
Deck us all with Boston Charlie,
Walla Walla, Wash, and Kalamazoo!
Nora’s freezin’ on the trolley,
Swaller dollar cauliflower Alleygaroo!
Don’t we know archaic barrel, Lullaby Lilla Boy, Louisville Lou.
Trolley Molly don’t love Harold, Boola Boola Pensacoola Hullabaloo!
“Smithfield St. to the Buca di Beppo at Station Square and we have a blastgreat food, wacky pictures on the wallof course Buca is in many other cities, too, but we enjoy”
Love the Elvis room...or the kitchen.
Well, I wouldn’t paint it that way.
“Well, I wouldnt paint it that way.”
Don’t brush it off!
No. But it could be the brother of our dear County CEO who is running for PA Governor.
Indeed! there have been a couple TV specials based on Pogo.
One was done by Chuck Jones of Looney Tunes fame and was,
maybe still is, on Youtube.
This was awhile back, maybe 2001 or 02 when the convention was in Philadelphia, and he died a year or so later.
He was there with his wife Jocelyn
who inspired “Josie” (at least the name). Anyway this was
well before this controversy
wore T shirts saying “Big Mama’s For Obama”.
Why didn’t Big Moma contact “Big Obama” about her problem. I thought he could do anything, according to the voters.
“However, I’ll be relocating to another state,”
All she really has to do is open in the suburbs. Fewer parking problems.
There was a time when everyone went to downtown. We had numerous department stores, movie theaters, many restaurants and so on. Today we only have Macy’s, no more movie theaters (except for some artsy joint on Liberty Avenue), and the restaurants are generally overpriced and not all that good. These days, downtown Pittsburgh is a gawd-awful place to have a retail business. Lousy parking, constant construction and detours, and perpetual traffic gridlock. And then there is the crime — people shoot at each other even in broad daylight. I go downtown only to transfer to another bus to take me to the doctor. I won’t just go to town to shop. Give me a shopping mall or center.
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