Why I'm Supporting Mellow Mushroom in Avondale

September 25, 2012 99 comments Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article

Riverside's Intuition Ale Works owner and Avondale resident, Ben Davis, shares reasons behind his support for a fellow Avondale resident being able to open a Mellow Mushroom restaurant on St. Johns Avenue and encourages others to do the same.

I am writing to you in regards to the proposed Mellow Mushroom in the Shoppes of Avondale.
I am deeply concerned by the way Mellow Mushroom has been treated by anti-business groups in our neighborhood. They have done and will continue to do everything in their power to prevent Mellow Mushroom from opening.
A politically connected vocal minority called “We Love Avondale, LLC” and Riverside Avondale Preservation have worked together to delay this project with hopes of making it go away. They have lobbied our City Council to pass anti-business legislation and spread lies about Mellow Mushroom and it's intended operation.
I believe that a Mellow Mushroom in Avondale is a great project for the neighborhood.They will be removing an eyesore by building on a vacant lot. They will be providing jobs during bad economic times. They will create another dining option for my family.
As an Avondale resident, I look forward to the day that I can walk down to the Mellow Mushroom with my family. My boys love Mellow Mushroom and all parents know how important family friendly dining options.
This Thursday there is a Planning Commission meeting at 5pm at City Hall. I hope you can attend and speak in support of Mellow Mushroom Avondale.
This Planning Commission Meeting has been called because Mellow Mushroom is seeking an administrative deviation for outside sales and service of alcohol.
Mellow Mushroom Avondale is not seeking any special treatment. They want to be treated like the other existing restaurants in Avondale that have received the same deviation.
We all have busy lives and some are hesitant to get involved in city politics.I never considered getting involved until I saw the treatment multiple small businesses have received at the hands of RAP and other neighborhood busy bodies. I have also experienced it as a homeowner and now a business owner.

We cannot continue to allow a select few to determine what businesses can open in our neighborhood.
Please come to the Planning Commission meeting on Thursday. At a minimum fill out a speaker’s card and express your support for Mellow Mushroom Avondale. You do not have to speak. You can hand in your speakers card as a show of support.

I have also attached a Mellow Mushroom info sheet in PDF form that should be of use.

Hope to see you on Thursday!

Editorial by Ben Davis