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Big Mama's shuts down for good
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | 8/25/10 | Jeremy Boren

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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Update to a June article that was posted on FR. The food was good and I enjoyed eating there (twice) during my cartoon convention. We had 3,000 people there and her place got quite a bit of business from us, though not enough apparently afterwards, etc. (That same fate was also what killed off the previous tenant, the beloved, by us, Steel City Diner).

They cooked breakfast just for us (normally weren't open) and the menu had an animal-related theme, including Pigs in a Blanket, Pepe Le Pew French Toast, and Big Porky sandwich. There was a bit of a Steelers and jazz shrine (she was a former jazz singer). I don't think we would have agreed on politics, though; a couple employees wore T shirts saying "Big Mama's For Obama".

1 posted on 08/26/2010 7:44:06 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

When you go to cartoon conventions, are you in panels?


2 posted on 08/26/2010 7:46:17 AM PDT by jessduntno (The Grand Old Potty needs to be flushed ... vote for Conservatives in November.)
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To: raccoonradio
I don't think we would have agreed on politics, though; a couple employees wore T shirts saying "Big Mama's For Obama".

Sadly, I'll bet she didn't learn anything from this, either.

3 posted on 08/26/2010 7:46:53 AM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Liberal Logic: Mandatory health insurance is constitutional - enforcing immigration law is not.)
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To: raccoonradio

Any city that has an “executive director” for parking meters needs to be turned upside down and shaken hard to remove the crud.


4 posted on 08/26/2010 7:47:22 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Impeachment !)
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To: raccoonradio
That's Pittsburgh ~ no doubt the Parking Authority targeted her because she wouldn't give their officers free stuff, or maybe even kickbacks.

Now you take a place like Detroit they no longer care.

5 posted on 08/26/2010 7:47:56 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: raccoonradio

There were a lot of roadside farmer’s markets in my area several years ago. One of the local supermarkets found out that there was a law saying that they had to have so much setback from the road and got the cops to enforce it. Almost all of them had to close. Now they found out that some of them are selling produce other than that grown by the owner of the stand so they’re forcing them to get business licenses. They’re managing to put the rest out of business.


6 posted on 08/26/2010 7:49:28 AM PDT by mbynack (Retired USAF SMSgt)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Don’t follow leaders, watch the parking meters...


7 posted on 08/26/2010 7:50:14 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Sorry to see my beloved hometown go so far around the bend!


8 posted on 08/26/2010 7:50:52 AM PDT by catman67
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To: IYAS9YAS

Big Mama getting more of that Hope & Change.


9 posted on 08/26/2010 7:52:07 AM PDT by Frantzie (Imam Ob*m* & Democrats support the VICTORY MOSQUE & TV supports Imam)
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To: jessduntno
When you go to cartoon conventions, are you in panels?

The discussions were animated to be sure.:-)

10 posted on 08/26/2010 7:56:37 AM PDT by ExpatCanuck
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To: jessduntno
"...When you go to cartoon conventions, are you in panels?..."

Only the immobile Tooners. The mobile ones have to meet in cels ;{)

11 posted on 08/26/2010 7:57:37 AM PDT by conservativeharleyguy (Democrats: Over 60 million fooled daily!)
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To: ExpatCanuck

“The discussions were animated to be sure.:-)”

How did you draw that conclusion?


12 posted on 08/26/2010 7:57:48 AM PDT by jessduntno (The Grand Old Potty needs to be flushed ... vote for Conservatives in November.)
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To: raccoonradio

Yet another reason to shop in the burbs.


13 posted on 08/26/2010 7:58:11 AM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: raccoonradio

Deep fryer fried chicken or pan fried chicken?

I’m trying to find out of losing the business is simply sad or a total tragedy.


14 posted on 08/26/2010 7:58:24 AM PDT by Artemis Webb (DeMint 2012...Barbour2012....I would be happy either way.)
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To: conservativeharleyguy

“Only the immobile Tooners. The mobile ones have to meet in cels”

Hahahahaha ... I can picture that ...


15 posted on 08/26/2010 7:59:39 AM PDT by jessduntno (The Grand Old Potty needs to be flushed ... vote for Conservatives in November.)
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To: jessduntno

There are various panels, though I only chaired one (about raccoons) once. In past years we had people like Walt Kelly’s daughter talking about Pogo, Rob Paulsen (voice of many cartoon characters including Honda’s Mr Opportunity), Dan
DeCarlo (Archie Comics/Josie), puppeteer Jim Martin, and so on. There’s discussion on art, writing, mascots, web comics,
etc.


16 posted on 08/26/2010 8:00:10 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: muawiyah

I mostly kept my car in the hotel lot but they had some parking lots nearby that weren’t too expensive. One attendee
got his car into the 11th and Smallman lot (nr the Heinz
History Center) after hours and didn’t have to pay for the whole 4 day period (lucked out). Of course here we’re
talking people parking short term, etc.

There’s a new “African American History Museum” across the street (not much there but OK for a few minutes). They built it, with corporate donations, etc., but now the money dried up and they’re moaning about possibly closing (after 1 yr!)


17 posted on 08/26/2010 8:03:17 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

I loved Pogo ... “we have met the enemy and he are us.”


18 posted on 08/26/2010 8:03:26 AM PDT by jessduntno (The Grand Old Potty needs to be flushed ... vote for Conservatives in November.)
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To: Artemis Webb

I don’t know, I didn’t try the chicken.
What’s funny is on our discussion boards for the Con we had
people saying how great the place was during the Con but now when I mentioned this we got lots of “food sucked, service
sucked” people. I didn’t think it was too bad in either
category, myself.

Who knows, maybe someone will start a fast food place and
call it Pittsburgers.


19 posted on 08/26/2010 8:05:25 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: catman67

More’s the pity.
I always liked calling on customers in the Pittsburgh area...


20 posted on 08/26/2010 8:06:04 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Impeachment !)
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21 posted on 08/26/2010 8:06:09 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: jessduntno

The whole thing seems sketchy to me.


22 posted on 08/26/2010 8:06:33 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: catman67

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
our visits.

And the fireworks last yr from the convention ctr
roof were fun.


23 posted on 08/26/2010 8:08:10 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio
Dan DeCarlo (Archie Comics/Josie)

Did he address the inclusion of a homosexual character in the Veronica comic book? There are no good comic books for kids any more. Harvey (Richie Rich, Casper) and Fawcett (Dennis the Menace) are pretty much gone. DC and Marvel markets to adults. And now Archie has to go over to the other side in the culture war.
24 posted on 08/26/2010 8:08:33 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics)
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To: raccoonradio
Franklin has not been targeted by parking enforcement agents, said David Onorato, executive director of the Pittsburgh Parking Authority.

David Onorato--would that be the brother of our dear County CEO who's running for the Senate?
25 posted on 08/26/2010 8:09:04 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Forcing one person to pay for the irresponsibility of another is NOT social justice.)
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To: raccoonradio

If I could live in a cartoon universe, I would want one drawn by Dan DeCarlo.


26 posted on 08/26/2010 8:09:12 AM PDT by GodBlessRonaldReagan (And that is all the people need to know!)
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To: jessduntno

“Oh roar a roar for Nora,
Nora Alice in the night,
for she has seen Aurora Borealis
burning bright.
A furor for our Nora,
and applaud Aurora’s scene,
for where throughout the summer
has our Borealis been?”


27 posted on 08/26/2010 8:10:28 AM PDT by pingman (Price is what you pay, value is what you get.)
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To: Army Air Corps

“The whole thing seems sketchy to me.”

Does that mean we shouldn’t pencil you in for the next one?


28 posted on 08/26/2010 8:11:08 AM PDT by jessduntno (The Grand Old Potty needs to be flushed ... vote for Conservatives in November.)
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To: raccoonradio
They built it, with corporate donations, etc., but now the money dried up and they’re moaning about possibly closing (after 1 yr!)

Business plan, what's that? operating expenses, what are those? Whadda you mean it won't continuously rain donations?

29 posted on 08/26/2010 8:11:56 AM PDT by NonValueAdded ("Obama suffers from decision-deficit disorder." Oliver North 6/25/10)
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To: raccoonradio

30 posted on 08/26/2010 8:12:12 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (drain the swamp! ( then napalm it and pave it over ))
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To: raccoonradio

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!


31 posted on 08/26/2010 8:13:25 AM PDT by jessduntno (The Grand Old Potty needs to be flushed ... vote for Conservatives in November.)
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To: raccoonradio

“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”

Love the Elvis room...or the kitchen.


32 posted on 08/26/2010 8:16:34 AM PDT by jessduntno (The Grand Old Potty needs to be flushed ... vote for Conservatives in November.)
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To: jessduntno

Well, I wouldn’t paint it that way.


33 posted on 08/26/2010 8:19:18 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Army Air Corps

“Well, I wouldn’t paint it that way.”

Don’t brush it off!


34 posted on 08/26/2010 8:21:19 AM PDT by jessduntno (The Grand Old Potty needs to be flushed ... vote for Conservatives in November.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
David Onorato--would that be the brother of our dear County CEO who's running for the Senate?

No. But it could be the brother of our dear County CEO who is running for PA Governor.

35 posted on 08/26/2010 8:30:15 AM PDT by Calvinist_Dark_Lord ((I have come here to kick @$$ and chew bubblegum...and I'm all outta bubblegum! ~Roddy Piper))
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To: jessduntno

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.


36 posted on 08/26/2010 8:34:19 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio
Just another example of how big government is killing off entrepreneurs.
37 posted on 08/26/2010 8:34:24 AM PDT by The Great RJ (The Bill of Rights: Another bill members of Congress haven't read.)
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To: Dr. Sivana

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


38 posted on 08/26/2010 8:35:33 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

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.


39 posted on 08/26/2010 8:35:54 AM PDT by Bitsy
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To: raccoonradio

“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.


40 posted on 08/26/2010 8:36:45 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: jessduntno

Lots of puns today! Here are some of mine:

Why is proper behavior at a convention like one of the New
England states? Because it’s Con etiquette.

What’s the difference between a TV news van and the car
Ted dumped in the drink? One’s a newsmobile, the other’s an Oldsmobile.


41 posted on 08/26/2010 8:37:33 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: martin_fierro
That had to be her old location in the Strip (never went there, hadn't heard of her at that point). Here is my pic of the new location (on the left) taken from across the street. Now it will be something else, I guess.


42 posted on 08/26/2010 8:41:49 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: jessduntno

Quite a line! Can we draw this out much longer?


43 posted on 08/26/2010 8:42:11 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Frantzie

I read where she’s considering moving her operation to D.C. Now there’s a plan. Good luck with that!


44 posted on 08/26/2010 8:42:56 AM PDT by kickonly88 (I love fossil fuel!)
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To: IYAS9YAS
I don't think we would have agreed on politics, though; a couple employees wore T shirts saying "Big Mama's For Obama".

Due to parking issues beyond my control I am forced to close. However, I'll be relocating to another state

Liberalism - because the drive for more tax dollars via fines is to fund liberal policies - kills her store. So instead of learning from it she will stay liberal and just take her policies somewhere else and ruin that place with them too.

Just another example of "You can lead a person to knowledge but you can't make them think."

45 posted on 08/26/2010 8:46:05 AM PDT by Personal Responsibility (People tend to make better decisions when held to the ramifications of those decisions)
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To: martin_fierro
Thanks for posting the picture because I couldn't picture where this place was.
Now I remember. It used to be a bong shop.
46 posted on 08/26/2010 8:53:17 AM PDT by AGreatPer (Tea Parties have been going on for years, they were called Freepers back then.)
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To: Army Air Corps

“Quite a line! Can we draw this out much longer?”

Like Pogo said when they stripped the trees in the swamp;

“No moss.”


47 posted on 08/26/2010 8:55:29 AM PDT by jessduntno (The Grand Old Potty needs to be flushed ... vote for Conservatives in November.)
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To: Bitsy
"Why didn’t Big Moma contact “Big Obama” about her problem."

Well, it doesn't sound like she's a Muslim, she's in this country legally, and she's running a business. Three strikes against her as far as the Kenyan Commisar is concerned.

48 posted on 08/26/2010 9:19:41 AM PDT by hometoroost (I'm sorry did you say "post racial" president or "most racial" president?)
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To: hometoroost

Three strikes against her as far as the Kenyan Commisar is concerned.
Point. When they relocate maybe they should shed the O shirts.


49 posted on 08/26/2010 9:29:20 AM PDT by Bitsy
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To: AGreatPer

Maybe that was awhile back but the Steel City Diner was there
from 06-09 IIRC...same exact setup as the SCD.


50 posted on 08/26/2010 12:41:06 PM PDT by raccoonradio
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