I was able to go to the community meeting tonight to discuss Ray's the Steaks East River. I'm happy to report that it was a relatively mild meeting. The main concern was about trash on the streets, which lead to a 20-minute digression that had nothing to do with Ray's the Steaks. **rolls eyes**
Mr. Landrum expects to get his Certificate of Occupancy in the near future. His philosophy is his restaurants are social, family-friendly, and affordable. He plans to only sell beer and wine, which is consistent with his beliefs and the operations at his other locations. He stated that he is NOT a bar and the drinks are only secondary to the food.
The dinner menu will range from the mid-tens to mid-twenties dollars. There will be items on the menu under $10. He shared some secrets about the menu that I cannot divulge (bet you wish you showed up?). The main dining area will have seating for 68 plus an additional 10 at the counter/bar. There will be seating outside for brunch and daytime dining when the weather is nice.
Mr. Landrum gets HUGE thumbs up for providing jobs to Wards 7 and 8 residents. His construction crew are from Wards 7 and 8. His has 3 staff that are being trained and will be part of the lead team when this location opens. They are all from Ward 7. In addition, he's looking for other opportunities to hire from the neighborhood.
I think that Wards 7 and 8 are lucky to have a great person, like Mr. Landrum, investing in this community. I sincerely hope that this means that there will be no protests submitted to the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration.