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Milk Cafe, FiDi eatery that lost business due to Occupy Wall Street barricades, to close for good
The New York Daily News ^ | December 13, 2011 | Phyllis Furman

Posted on 12/18/2011 2:57:17 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Milk Street Cafe, the restaurant whose business dried up in the face of the Occupy Wall Street barricades, is shutting down.

Thursday will be the last day for the 23,000 square-foot eatery that opened at 40 Wall St. in June, the Daily News has learned.

“It’s terribly sad,” Milk Street Cafe owner Marc Epstein told the News.

Epstein blamed the barricades that remained in front of his restaurant even after the Occupy Wall Street protestors were removed from Zuccotti Park.

“This is now the 12th straight week of the barricades,” he said.

The restaurant owner, who operates an eatery and catering business in Boston, said he pressed the city daily for their removal, but got nowhere.

Milk Street Cafe’s closure will result in the layoff of 70 workers. That’s on top of the 21 let go in October.

In recent days, Epstein tried to find resources to remain open, but in the end he couldn’t come up with the cash to keep the vast restaurant running.

“Everyone has to understand the consequences of their actions,” he said. “I have 90 plus people who put their faith in me. I feel horrible.”

When asked whether he would ever open a restaurant in New York again, Epstein responded, “Never.”


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Local News; Politics
KEYWORDS: newyork; occupy; occupywallstreet; ows; ungland
"Will you vote for Obama next year?" "Of course!" Idiots.
1 posted on 12/18/2011 2:57:31 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Congratulations to the freeloading, “occupy” maggots. 91 people just lost their jobs. They have proven that they are definitely supporters of the Kenyan. Putting people out of work is their goal.


2 posted on 12/18/2011 3:00:55 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Stop BIG Government Greed Now!!!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This is what happens when you have a cowardly Mayor.


3 posted on 12/18/2011 3:04:42 PM PST by theDentist (fybo; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

OWS is indirectly at fault, but the direct blame for killing Mr. Epstein’s business lies with Mayor Bloomberg. It was the City’s failure to enforce its laws which destroyed the atmosphere in which the affected businesses could operate. Marxists and Anarchists threatened Milk Street Cafe, but Mayor Bloomberg’s dereliction of duty killed it.


4 posted on 12/18/2011 3:06:23 PM PST by Always A Marine
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Any word yet on which occuidiot Bloomers is going to select to drop the crystal ball on New Year’s Eve?


5 posted on 12/18/2011 3:14:32 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Stop BIG Government Greed Now!!!!)
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To: theDentist
This is what happens when you have a cowardly Mayor.

I thought it was worth repeating. Bloomberg appears to be a capable administrator. It's a shame he's proved to be such a panderer and nanny. He could have left office with a reputation rivaling Giuliani's; instead no one will remember him with any affection at all.

6 posted on 12/18/2011 3:26:21 PM PST by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Amen....let’s just check with him next Nov. to see who he voted for!!


7 posted on 12/18/2011 3:33:53 PM PST by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

And TIME Magazine made the protestors “Man of the Year”!! What a freaking joke....a BAD freaking joke.


8 posted on 12/18/2011 3:35:14 PM PST by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I don’t really feel sorry for NYC except the kids who have their minds molested at NYC schools. It’s something like 90% Democrat isn’t it?


9 posted on 12/18/2011 3:49:03 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hope and Change. Spread the wealth.


10 posted on 12/18/2011 3:49:42 PM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: FlingWingFlyer

I would love to see those 91 laid-offs have a private chat with the head cop on the scene about the cops taking a 10 minute stroll around the block, then pick up 91 pieces of 5 foot steel rebar and start wading and swinging through the “occupiers”. When the cops returned, they could direct the the abulance traffic to the a$$holes who are laying on the ground moaning and holding their bloody faces and broken arms and legs.


11 posted on 12/18/2011 3:50:15 PM PST by jmax
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Milk Street Cafe’s closure will result in the layoff of 70 workers. That’s on top of the 21 let go in October.

This is a sad story. What is wrong with the mayor to allow this to happen...

12 posted on 12/18/2011 3:53:02 PM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

“This is a sad story. What is wrong with the mayor to allow this to happen...”

Leftists always bleed for humanity. It is the individual humans who are insignificant to them.


13 posted on 12/18/2011 4:25:23 PM PST by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans: Don't read their lips - watch their hands.)
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To: Psalm 144

You’re right...


14 posted on 12/18/2011 4:37:40 PM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
What is wrong with the mayor to allow this to happen...

There could be many answers but mine would be of capitulating to a voter
block instead of protecting taxpayers and businesses as his only elitist concern.

I was listening to Cspan covering yesterdays NH occupier talks and heard
them trying to organize disruptions of the repubs by getting as many
people as possible in the lottery. Someone named Ed Helm was excitedly talking
about an unnamed (R) candidate that would be better to win POTUS than anyone.

What I got from the talks was the Dems are going to try and pick the
GOP candidate.

15 posted on 12/18/2011 4:59:07 PM PST by MaxMax
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For what it’s worth, the restaurant has horrible reviews.


16 posted on 12/18/2011 6:51:00 PM PST by coop71 (Being a redhead means never having to say you're sorry...)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks 2ndDivisionVet.
17 posted on 12/18/2011 7:15:42 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Merry Christmas, Happy New Year! May 2013 be even Happier!)
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But Princess Nancy says that the best thing for the economy is having more people collecting unemployment. By closing the store, the evil business owner will actually be helping the economy of NYC and the USA.

Mark

18 posted on 12/18/2011 9:07:07 PM PST by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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