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Re: “Takeout, Maybe?

Jimmy, I guess I came off as making a serious charge. I don't mean to suggest that you have it out for Hub, or that you sit around and think, "who can we slam". I was trying to communicate that this is the way it comes off.

I have had several bad experiences at several spots downtown. And I think what this article lacks is an understanding of what it is like to dine downtown. It's busy. And economically it's a rough place to be. You cannot get the sort of high service talent you might find in the foothills, because our income influx is sketchy at best, though steadily improving.

To me the REAL story was totally missed by Tucson Weekly. A local guy developed a great concept and it is very successful. It isn't enough to say "the food is good". There is no background, and that is where I make assumptions (and I don't know the writer, so my assumptions can be totally off). I know she is young. And it seems like her writing lacks a larger perspective I would expect to see in a Tucson Weekly writer.

Her experience is valid, but two visits to the Hub isn't enough research. The article comes off as a shallow skimming of a story. That is my opinion, and I don't impose it on anyone else.

Powhaus' relationship to Hub: I work for Hub as a server. But when I write my defense of Hub, it comes from the perspective of someone who wants to see downtown thrive and has a lot of respect for locals who instead of doing the same old thing, comes up with a new concept and says Tucson is not too small for this. Kade thinks big and sometimes when you push large ideas, it takes a lot of growing pains to get Tucson to follow along. But eventually, despite whatever media reports about such people, these people will be the ones to shape downtown. I have that much confidence in Kade and why I chose to work with his restaurant (the first restaurant job I have bothered to take for over a decade). I am there to support his ideas and he has been very supportive of Powhaus too.

It might not be the intent of the writer or other critics of Hub, but it comes off as Old Tucson having difficulty accepting change. The real story here is Kade has very quickly made major changes (positive ones) to Congress, and you missed that story, Tucson Weekly. If the criticisms made were also coupled with some background, and some commentary on the major changes Hub has made downtown, the story would have had more content.

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Posted by Powhaus on 06/11/2011 at 9:45 PM

Re: “Takeout, Maybe?

Jimmy,

Not to be ageist but, well I am going to be ageist. Hub doesn't stand out, as a restaurant, any worse in services than any other on the block. And I looked at the writer's archives. She has written very similar articles (food good but service lacking) several times. Honestly, unless you have worked a considerable time in the industry (and I don't mean while you were in high school), I think you should be careful to slam a new restaurant.

This isn't to say that Hub doesn't have a LOT of work to do. They do. But they started off EXTREMELY busy. And they are probably the busiest restaurant on the block. I also think it isn't that brave to slam a new restaurant that doesn't advertise with Weekly. The place has simultaneously handled extremely busy hours while trying to dial in their menu and service.

I will repeat what I said, Hub came to the block and added a hot night hangout and restaurant. Local Tucsonans have taken a struggling location and made a success. If the food and/or service stood out as so bad, why is the place so continually busy? Seems Tucson Weekly is missing something if they overlook this.

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Posted by Powhaus on 06/09/2011 at 7:49 PM

Re: “Takeout, Maybe?

I thought this article was a bit unfair. Then I realized how young the writer is. I also noticed a theme in the writers articles. She has written the same basic theme at least twice before.

Hub is very very busy. And if the service was all that bad, people would not keep going back. This is not to say there are not kinks to work out, but Kade Mislinski (the owner) took a space that had very little going for it, and made a successful restuarant and fun hangout happen. Cudos Kade. You make a lot happen in a small space and most of us realize there are always kinks in a new restaraunt.

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Posted by Powhaus on 06/02/2011 at 4:03 PM

Re: “Powhaus to Pay Tribute to Disco, Scare Me With ABBA Video

I would love to redo Voulez Vous, but we just don't have the budget yet for all that smoke!

Thanks for the kind words, Powhaus is working harder than ever and next year we will do less, but bigger events. We need more time between shows to execute all our ideas. We have only really been able to do about 50% of what we dream up.

Kitty Katt

Posted by Kitty Katt on 11/16/2010 at 8:24 PM

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