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jaxlongtimer

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Mediterrania Restaurant Closing After 35 years
« on: June 14, 2021, 12:35:14 AM »
Sad to see the Mediterrania, a fine and longtime local and family run restaurant at Baymeadows and San Jose closing after making it through COVID.  Ate there many times and always had a great meal.

Per the web, apparently their rent was tripled and help was hard to find (as is the case with most restaurants, hotels, clubs, etc. lately). Likely, along with the pain of a year living with COVID impacts, it has added up to going out of business.

Maybe the Jaxson could tally up all such restaurants we have lost or are about to lose over the last year and half.  I hope the industry can rebuild soon.

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Re: Mediterrania Restaurant Closing After 35 years
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2021, 06:18:29 PM »
Roy's at Jax Beach also closing after 18 years:
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After 18 years, Hawaiian fusion restaurant Roy's abruptly closes in Jacksonville Beach:

https://www.jacksonville.com/story/entertainment/dining/2021/06/14/jacksonville-beach-restaurant-roys-hawaiian-closes/7637879002/
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Re: Mediterrania Restaurant Closing After 35 years
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2021, 06:27:03 PM »
The solution is to extend and improve unemployment benefits...
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Re: Mediterrania Restaurant Closing After 35 years
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2021, 11:53:06 AM »
Funny that we here all these soundbites of all these restaurant owners constantly railing against the extended unemployment benefits killing the industry however they themselves are STILL ACTIVE IN THE RESTAURANT BUSINESS!

Put aside the other reasons people are hesitant to work in this industry, you will find that many of the people currently working happen to be students, teenagers, seasonal employees, or have other jobs disqualifying them for unemployment. More importantly, many restaurants are run by people from Central America, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, Southern China, etc. who most likely are not eligible to even apply for unemployment. And these people comprise the spine and backbone of most restaurants - without them there can be no robust fine dining scene even if you force people that received months of unemployment plus ups to get back in the workforce to repay that money!

We have seen many great long-time dining establishment with wonderful staff and owners like Mediterrania hang on for dear life to succumb to ceasing their existence due to COVID but keep in mind last spring this country was forecasted to lose more than half of these and other types of small businesses for good if the pandemic shutdowns were to last into the summer and thanks to grants business repurposing and a little ingenuity, many of them have proved the naysayers wrong.

And if we try not to dwell on the how why or what is causing their problems and focus instead on having some patience and understanding when space and dishes are not always available services is a little slow or prices are a bit higher, many of these places will do all right and keep their doors open for us. 

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Re: Mediterrania Restaurant Closing After 35 years
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2021, 12:02:29 PM »
The solution is to extend and improve unemployment benefits...

There is no definitive evidence that extended UE benefits is the actual issue.

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Re: Mediterrania Restaurant Closing After 35 years
« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2021, 12:17:12 PM »
Put aside the other reasons people are hesitant to work in this industry, you will find that many of the people currently working happen to be students, teenagers, seasonal employees, or have other jobs disqualifying them for unemployment. More importantly, many restaurants are run by people from Central America, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, Southern China, etc. who most likely are not eligible to even apply for unemployment. And these people comprise the spine and backbone of most restaurants - without them there can be no robust fine dining scene even if you force people that received months of unemployment plus ups to get back in the workforce to repay that money!

The solution is to extend and improve unemployment benefits...

There is no definitive evidence that extended UE benefits is the actual issue.

Backing up a class of employees that won't be filing unemployment:  Those supplementing their day job income with restaurant work on nights, weekends or when their work season is off.  We just ate at a well known club here and the waitress was a high school English teacher.  These persons can decide at anytime to give up their "marginal" income if they feel it's not worth the hassle or it impinges too much on other priorities for their time.  COVID may have convinced many such persons to rethink these second jobs.
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Re: Mediterrania Restaurant Closing After 35 years
« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2021, 12:37:11 PM »
The restaurant industry in going to have a reckoning when it comes to healthcare, benefits and wages.  A lot of career restaurant employees are choosing not to return to an industry that lacks social safety nets and retirement plans are practically non-existent. 


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Re: Mediterrania Restaurant Closing After 35 years
« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2021, 01:31:31 PM »
The restaurant industry in going to have a reckoning when it comes to healthcare, benefits and wages.  A lot of career restaurant employees are choosing not to return to an industry that lacks social safety nets and retirement plans are practically non-existent. 


It's hard to make a career move or even do a good job search when you are working 40-60 hours a week, which many in service industries do. Once they had a big block of time to conduct job searches and get training, they were able to exist the industry for good. 

25 states are about to drop the augmented unemployment comp, so we should know soon what impact it is actually having, especially since there will still be others that are continuing it until September.
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Re: Mediterrania Restaurant Closing After 35 years
« Reply #8 on: June 15, 2021, 02:31:05 PM »
Per their website it sounds like they intend to reopen at another location.  We frequent this place often and the owners are the nicest people, I hope it works out well for them. Truly is family run and even more so since the pandemic as both the husband and wife owners have been waiting tables and on busy nights would appear another  family member would help out.