Tonic closing this month
I just saw this on my twitter feed. *cries*
What are the chances we can save this staple of Anthrocon?
links to any news accounts, please?
I can't find news reports, but that photo IS posted on their Facebook account. It's also on their website www.tonicpgh.com
And as for saving it, I don't think we can. Fernando's only needed a few months and we managed that, but this is over six months. They also may want to shut down in December for tax reasons as well.
Oh wow. That's unfortunate.
Googled "tonic Pittsburgh closing" this morning and the first thing that popped up indicated permanently closed at this location.
Next year will be my first Anthrocon, but never shall I get to savor the 'Yiff Me Berry Hard' cocktail (that was Tonic right?) ...
Eeyup, that was at Tonic.
Well.. I'm not quite old enough to have enjoyed tonic, and still won't be for a lil' bit.
But, a shame nonetheless!
Tonic was just a restaurant. No age limit imposed
I wonder what is going to replace them in that location.
Like so many AC favorites (Steel City, Cory's, Big Momma's, FURnando's, and now Hanlon's - just rattling off the first few names that were at the top of my head.) whenever one establishment closes, it seems like another similar buisness usually opens in the same location.
And their location is perfect. I just hope that they are ready of us furries! And hope they cute it up a bit like Tonic did. Like that drink they served that I only recently heard about: A "Yiff Me Berry Hard"? What was in that? I'm thinking a variation of one of the many cranberry drinks? (Aside from Rum & Cokes and Gin & Tonics I'm not much into mixed drinks.)
Never ate/drank at Tonic. When I am at AC, I like my food fast, and my drinks faster, so I can get back to having fun at the con. But they sure seemed to be doing land-office buisness when we were in town!
There's a good chance whatever replaces Tonic will be at least as good. Or cheaper. As for being ready for us furries I'm confident they will be, if not this year then the next.
I had not taken the opportunity to sample the fare at Tonic - while walking past between my lodgings at the Omni and the DLCC, it always seemed crowded, to the point of being overwhelmed (and therefore not a place that I wished to wait in line at).
But I have noticed that each time we return to Pittsburgh, the local paper interviews the proprietors of the local eateries, who rave about how good business is while we are there...and always with a pointed comment that if business was that good for at least 4 or 5 more weekends, they could close for the rest of the year.
...And yet, these same businesses have a very high failure rate. I guess that the convention center just doesn't host the sort of events, and regularly enough, which would keep these places in the black.
Conversely - while no one attending AnthroCon seems to be going hungry, our choices of what to dine on, and where and when to dine, are severely limited* - and this must also be so for any other event held at the DLCC.
Perhaps the nice folks at VisitPittsburgh (that is the entity which tries to bring business events and tourism dollars into the region, yes?) need to take a hard look at this situation, for the benefit of other conventions, the local hotels, the dining and entertainment establishments, and the economy of the DownTown core itself. Who knows what other multi-day events pass on making Pittsburgh their host destination because of this?
*NOTE: - Yes, I know that AnthroCon prints this truly AWESOME and COMPREHENSIVE Diner's Guide, included in everyone's con bag ; but we are mostly out-of-towners, travelling by foot or perhaps city public transit (Bus or "T" for the braver ones amongst us), and while I have in the past endorsed the use of Taxicabs for gettting about, there are issues with the cab stand in front of the Westin - primarily, many of the cabbies who are reluctant to take passengers for any ride shorter than out to the airport (and who have been quite vocal about it, too; even the one who took Tyrrlin and me to the National Aviary grumbled about it) and for the past two years, the Doorman at the Westin rather pointedly asking if we were staying in the Westin (as opposed to using the convention facilities therein) and after I made the mistake of giving a truthful answer, his absolute refusal to summon forth for us one of the cabs waiting in line...so most of us convention-attendees are going to eat at places within a block or two of the DLCC or our hotels.
It does seem that the economy of downtown largely revolves around the office crowd. In my years of staying at the DoubleTree and Marriott, I have also struggled to find a close spot for dinner as most of them shut down after 6. Most of downtown apart from our furry bubble is dead at night.
Uber and Lyft make taxis irrelevant in my mind. They will take you anywhere and won't cry about it. I even took Lyft from the DLCC back to the DoubleTree last year in suit, and got a enthusiastic local who wanted a selfie with me.
I have to wonder if they've been struggling for a bit. My last meal there was just not like their usual standards at all. Strange though...several friends and I had dinner and drinks there a couple days before the con, tuesday or wednesday, and it was fantastic in everr way; food, drinks, and service, as it's always been in the past. We went with a bigger group friday or saturday and it was a disaster. The food was thrown together, sandwiches that looked like they were made by little kids, nothing but very basic stuff available (I know they usually have a limited menu for the con, but this was far worse). The famous drinks came to us in small plastic cups. It just wasn't the same at all; everyone in my group, used to great meals there every year, was stunned and disappointed.
I know the con can be hard on them, and they tend to run out certain things; that happened the year before too, but even when they had to cut their menu down, they still put effort into everything they could. That last meal just had this whole feel of "f--- it, doesn't matter anymore." Either that or the staff was just not happy with us at all, which seems so at odds with how we're usually treated.
I don't know, anyone else have similar experiences last year, or did we just get there at a really bad time?
Either way, I'm incredibly sad to see this; one disappointing night there doesn't change my opinion of a place I've had so much fun at over the years.