Saturday, October 28, 2006

Cardinals, Betting, Economics and Protecting us from Terrorists

The Cards won the World Series.

Yes, I rooted for the Cardinals in the World Series. Yes, I am glad that the Cardinals won the World Series. I love baseball. There were some excellent games. The Cards looked impressive despite still making goofs. They stepped up as the underdog and won the World Series from the Detroit Tigers. I finally will give LaRussa the credit he deserves. Good job.

I made a bet with my Uncle CJ from Toledo Ohio, just outside of Detroit. Now I don't support illegal wagering, but I took this bet for it did not include money changing hands. I was the closest person he knew to a Cardinal fan. That is funny. What is funnier, is now he has to wear a Cardinal hat all day next Saturday. Good thing, cuz I didn't want to wear a Mudhens ballcap.

But so far that has all been fun and games. Go Cards!

But we talk so much of the Cardinals impact on the Saint Louis economy. Now I have read all sorts of studies that have disputed each other's claims about the Cardinals impact, the World Series impact, the new stadium impact.

I can say one thing. It has hurt business here. We rang about half or less of what we typically do on a Friday night. The past couple of weeks we have been off. I have asked others in the business, and they have had their business hurt too. Mangia. Jackson's. Others.

Funny. We show each of the 162 games on our two color televisions. People watch the game here regularly. We don't draw crowds because of the game, but people watch the game. We are in Saint Louis. Besides, the official Royale Scorekeeper needs to manage the statistics.

I can understand the places that don't have TVs normally, but even Jackson's rented a big screen and they didn't get any push from the last I talked to them since getting it. And they always show the game too. They even considered closing.

And I hear it from the employees. Everyone is happy in general because of the win, but the economic effect has been less than I expected. It was the opposite. We have taken a hit. A lot of businesses have. But we are still happy that the Cards won. We all do well when people are happy. And people certainly are happy for the Cards won the World Series.

Word is that Saint Louis' finest are being paid extra to protect us from Terrorism with extra fed funds coming from the Department of Homeland Security. I think it is great that we get extra funds to protect places like Al Habrosky's from terrorists. We do need to protect ourselves. I think we should get some of these funds added to the neighborhoods to protect us. I think it would be helpful to have a few more constabulary making sure we protect ourselves from the terrorists that roam our neighborhoods everyday. Don't fool yourself, we have terrorists roaming our neighborhoods and I hope the Department of Homeland Security recognizes this.

Yay Cardinals.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just saw on Al-Jezeera that Osama posted a video stating we must vanquish the infadel hipster, with their t-shirts of retro design.

1:45 PM  
Anonymous Hans Gerwitz said...

Here in Downtown the increase in pedestrian traffic was undeniable, even in the loft district a mile from the stadium. People seem to have come down just to be closer to the epicenter, and the hotels are all filled to capacity.

So at least one neighborhood is benefitting.

3:54 PM  
Anonymous Bart Starr said...

We won't have to worry about the Cardinals effect on St. Louis much longer. Mr. Dewitt and Mr. Bin Laden are in the throws of a doozy!
After faking the deaths of Jack Buck and Daryl Kile, they knew that the locals would swallow anything projected on their glass tits of fear.
After some debate, they have begun construction of a multi-billion dollar sports coliseum in Alamut, the former home of the Hashisheen of Hassan-i-Sabbah.
This is true!

9:54 AM  
Blogger kopper said...

Gina and I were thinking about going out on Friday to watch the game somewhere other than home, but with a 3-year-old, that's hard to plan on short notice (and the grandparents were already going to watch him so we could go out on Saturday night for our anniversary), so we stayed and watched it at home. But I'll have you know that the one place I was considering going to watch it was indeed The Royale.

12:19 PM  
Blogger Steven Fitzpatrick Smith said...

Interesting. I heard some places in the West End haven't ordered new inventory in three weeks. Grassis over on Hampton closed early around 8 or so on Thursday.

Mike Shannon's on the other hand ordered four months of inventory in one week. I am happy to know at least the city is making some coin off of this. We are making money off this right? How does that calculate with the tax abatement? Hmmm. It is good to know the places around the stadium also get Fed funds to supplement their security for terror related concerns.

And all I want to do is operate a simple business.

12:27 PM  
Blogger Steven Fitzpatrick Smith said...

I hope they start their first vanquish of the hipster with the Hipster bumble bee. I would fully support that. Oh, and the Hooker Hipster Oompa Loompas. That would take an army, but it would be well worth the army.

However I love the United States of America, so I do not support anything Osama Bin Laden supports.

And Osama hates the Cardinals and their victorious World Series Championship.

4:15 PM  
Blogger Diabetoboy said...

I have to admit that i wanted to be as close to the action as possible with as big of a screen as possible. Drink specials don't hurt either. For the 2 nights of the WS that I went out, one was spent at the restaurant my wife works at for the free drinks, and the other on Friday night was spent at the Lucas School House, which had a 15 foot screen and was close to the downtown area so we could immediately enter the chaos. If it wasn't for that, my friend wouldn't have been able to walk out on the field and get detained by St. Louis's finest. Apparently they aren't though if we're first in crime as well as baseball.

7:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too have to admit that I was looking for a big screen and a lot of people cheering. I found $9 beer buckets, $2 well drinks and about 8 TVs (3 of which were huge High Def plasmas at CJ Muggs in Clayton. We ended up spending about $200 between the 6 of us on dinner/drinks, and the place was packed. We had a great time. We heard prior to the game that the owners had two of the 3 big TVs delivered and installed earlier in the week just for the games...they wanted it to go 7 games for sure.

Nick's pub had half price appetizers during every cards game. $10 beer buckets, and an extension of whatever happy hour special they were running on that day during every Cards game. That is a draw for me.

Go figure Mangia would be empty. As I drove out of my city to the county to find a good place to watch the game I passed Mangia and shook my head thinking maybe they were listening to the game on the radio. That's exciting.

The Royale, with all its attributes, is not a sports bar, and we like it not being a sports bar, however an event like the World Series should not have gone unnoticed there.

After the game I went out to the Royale and then to Mangia. The mood in those places was crappy. No one seemed to care that the Cardinals had just won the world series. They just think: Our overpaid sports team beat their overpaid sports team. (pathetic)I guess the hipsters rule the southside.

I'll bet anyone that Friendly's pub on Roger was busy as all get out, as was Tin Can to be sure. What about Barney's on you think they were busy?

1:01 PM  
Blogger Steven Fitzpatrick Smith said...

We did have crowds here, but they were not what we usually draw. The big screen was not a realistic option for our space. The sales were down big on food, the booze only a bit. I know the sports bar specific spaces were jammed. I hear that other places that do feature sports more prominently than our spot also did poorly. Don't know about Friendly's but I spoke to the guys are Riley's and they said they were hit and miss.

Obviously next time we will be more prepared. I wonder what should be done? Thoughts anyone?

1:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe you could drop the beloved Boz back to its original price.

4:27 PM  
Anonymous Craig said...

in the winter McGurks tents up the back yard. Don't know if that's an option for you but that could be the sports part of your bar. Also, more financially tough, Pat's Bar and Grill added the up stairs game room and sports bar. Maybe you could do the same with your up stairs. You can live somewhere on Hipster Island.

5:22 PM  
Blogger Steven Fitzpatrick Smith said...

We have quotes from a couple of companies that do the awnings, in fact the same company that did McGurks gave one of the quotes. We would have to move all of our electrical wiring over the backyard which is a fairly big deal. The amount of money it would take to put even a relatively small temperature controlled awning over the first twenty or so feet would be fairly expensive. At this point I am not comfortable spending the money for I won't see enough of a return. We nearly did it last year and I am glad we did not. I can go on and on with the revenues of an extra bar, the outside, the weather etc. I won't convert the upstairs really either. There are many complications with that, only part of which is financial. The space is already maxed out as a facility and addition of space would not necessarily reflect increased revenue to offset this dramatic step. I am investing new resources not for expansion, but for a new property on Cherokee- as long as I am not classified as a criminal by the law, as the current ordinances read in the area. I can't operate a business if I am classified as a criminal that could be brought up on charges.

Now if I do make it to this hipster island, I would immediately execute the hipster bumble bee and then enslave the rest to make custom duct tape wallets and handmade phone cord belts.

And on the price of the Boz- if you want to come and watch the baseball game next year during the regular season, I will drop the price of the drink for every game of the 162 game season and the post season play. Just remind me when you come down next spring and I will immediately oblige. Chances are I won't remember unless you remind me. I will also honor spring training games.

Thank you for reading. God Bless America.

9:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am not sure that you would be interested, but I was at Sam's the other day and the prices on those flat panel TV's has come WAY DOWN. I am not sure an investment in TV's would reap an immediate "financial gain" but it would be fun and facilitate conversation. It would also make the great movies that are played there that much more enjoyable in that you could see the movie and read the subtitles/captioning.

You spent the money on the sound system, maybe you should consider the TV's. That way when the Rams are in the Super Bowl (not) and the Blues are in the Playoffs you will be ready.

12:57 PM  
Blogger Steven Fitzpatrick Smith said...

Yes, I have noticed they are considerably cheaper. I do want one.

I do know that people definitely come in to listen to the record spins, and the sound is very important for specialized record spins and to get the DJs in to spin. As of now I am not confident that a flat screen will enhance the experience enough to offset the cost. With the sound system, people most definitely come in for the spins.

At this point, any capital investment is going to wait until I need it- just like the need for new refrigeration, sanding down the floors again, rotating in new artwork, putting awnings in the back, putting in two new 100 amp boxes for the electrical etc so we don't constantly have stuff tripping the switches, making sure I get the sewer jetted out and the grease trap cleaned, the hoods cleaned etc etc etc.

So once one of the normal TVs crap out, and I am sure one will soon enough like all the equipment, I will likely pick up a flat screen to replace. One crapped out earlier this year and I replaced it with my own televison upstairs and I downgraded. I do want a flat screen. I want two. Actually, it would be nice to get a stereo for myself upstairs. I have been listening to music straight off my laptop. Heck, if we are talking about squandering money, I would prefer to go ahead and get another car rather than a TV. Oh, how I want to squander. Maybe I should jump my prices like a downtown joint. Eh, nah.

1:16 PM  
Anonymous The workin' man said...

Don't buy it at Sams....I hate the Waltons.

6:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jump your prices like a downtown joint? You already have.

10:02 AM  
Blogger Steven Fitzpatrick Smith said...

That is funny. You must not get out much. For real. Take a look at all the prices. Not the specialty cocktail menu or drinks with hand squeezed fresh juice.

Unless you want to compare to Chods. If you want to compare to that, then I will stay slightly ahead of downtown prices.

10:28 AM  

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