March 13th, 2009 10:46 AM by AJ Gentry
I had coffee the other day with Dave Pecha, former owner of the River Market Brewery, which had a 15-year presence downtown. Dave said he couldn't toe the line any more with swings of 5K to 10K drops in revenue each month. He wasn't happy about the preferential treatment the city gave Power & Light restaurants and bars tax wise and other wise either.
Regardless of the cause of the demise of the Brewery, Bar Natasha, Delaware Care, the Mango Room and a handful of other downtown restaurants and bars as of late, I wanted to say thanks for all the good memories, dinners and drinks I had at each of your establishments.
It is painful and sad to watch businesses, that I consider good friends, go. And to put things into perspective, giants on the retail side are closing their doors too (Sharper Image, CompUSA, Circuit City).
Dave, thanks for the brews, the laughs, the music, the fish and chips, and the friendship. I'll miss your corner watering hole very much.