We has a sad: Furnando's to close before AC2012.
Awwww man that really is sad to here. I shall miss his kindness to the famdom, and great food. This shark will cry crocodile tears at the loss of a dear friend
Aww man, this sucks I was getting my mom to go up there this year to eat, since I needed a ride. Guess I need to talk her into going up sooner or something... I must eat there one more time. Hell I'll walk if it I have to .. That place was one of the best places to eat and the staff was soooo nice.
This is sad. He was always kind and welcoming, and I was looking forward to annother attempt at eating at his cafe... I figured after enough tries I'd be able to get what I wanted.
What's he going to do now?
post it on PA-furry.org also. Lots of Pittsburgh furs there will likely join in.
*sends and angry letter to Obama DEMANDING a bailout for Fernandos!* To important to furries to fail! And furries are too important to Pittsburgh!
Therefore, $38 billion bailout is required. (I'll need half as my fee for proper 'investment structuring'...) >:3
This is literally the worst possible thing that could happen to AC short of Kage ending up in a roach motel.
That sucks man... Fernando is and continues to be a massively upstanding individual and one I look up to.
I don't know if anyone has mentioned it, but Corey's is also closing. Which leaves the burning question: WHERE WILL I NOM????
where did you hear that Corey's is closing and if thats true do you have a date for him to close
I and some other staff shall be in Pittsburgh this weekend. We'll report back. Keep Calm and Furry On.
where did you hear that Corey's is closing and if thats true do you have a date for him to close
Mention is made of it in the "What are good places to eat" thread, in the last 2 days or so. Seems someone who was visiting in Pittsburgh stopped by Cory's...and found a locked door with a couple random pieces of mail on the floor (stuck through the door, apparently), and a sign in the door saying "Coming Soon! Gyro shop and Deli". They took a picture of it and posted it on the net (there is a link in one of the posts), though of course this could have been spoofed in some way.
...Then Nicona tried to call their number, and got a "Number is disconnected" message.
...Other than that - no official confirmation from any Pittsburgh furry fans, nor from anyone on AnthroCon staff as of yet.
i was there two weeks ago and personally took a picture of the front of the building in such condition.
Thats the photo i took at least :C
I don't know when Cory's is closing, but it will most likely be closed before Anthrocon this year.
This is the saddest moment of my year.
We can veify that Cory's, alas, has closed. It will be replaced by Lesvos Gyros, which will be open by the time of Anthrocon. We've spoken with the owner and manager of Lesvos and they're VERY eager for Anthrocon attendees; this is a second restaurant of theirs (#1 is on the Southside).
We'll very much miss Cory's, but the new place seems good. Alas, restaurants are very tough business, especially low-cost restaurants in the business district of Pittsburgh.
I popped by Lesvos on South Side to check out their menu (after living here for 6 months, you'd think I'd have done this before now!). In addition to gyros, they have burgers, hot dogs, salads, chicken, shrimp baskets, french fries, and other assorted fried goodies. And it's all reasonably priced! The mozzarella sticks are huge, delicious, and filling.
Did they perchance have Shish-kabob (well, beef-kabob, more likely) and Onion Rings?
Out West, I've found that greek-owned grills tend to make excellent Burgers and nice, battered Onion Rings, rather than the breaded kind; and often beef-kabobs grilled with mushrooms, bell-pepper slices, and onion segments.
Found a menu online for their Southside location here: http://www.allmenus.com/pa/pittsburgh/286329-lesvos-gyro--greek-cuisine-fmrly-original-gyros/menu/
Don't know how up to date it is but it should give us an idea of what they serve.
Onion rings is a yes. As for kabobs, I wasn't looking at specifics so I don't recall. I can get another peek at their menu after work tomorrow, though!
Wow, two good food joints gone before AC begins this year. The people that worked at Cory's were so nice and friendly.
Well, the bright side is that Cory's is being replaced by a restaurant who is also eager for Anthrocon.
I got my Pittsburgh visitor's package (sent away for) in the mail and there is info about restaurants downtown; yes Cory's and Fernando's were both listed but we know at least Cory's will have a replacement (gyros, sound interesting) and we'll see who takes over the space of Fernando's. As we know, Steel City Diner was replaced by Big Mama's and that got replaced by Hanlon's but all had nice food. Our options may be limited (many places close on Sunday) and as we all know time is tight what with panels and events so we might only have time for places within walking distance. Still, there are some good places (the Chinese buffet is another). The hotels have their own places; I know I'm in the Doubletree this year (was a few yrs ago) and they had a good breakfast buffet...and the annual Greymuzzle/Milfurs breakfast (RIP Waarhorse) will no doubt occuronce again at the Westin's 2nd floor restaurant, Penn City Grille.
Somebody really needs to warn the new place of what to expect. I hope this has already been done!
(When I say 'warn', I mean 'hey, there'll be about 4500 hungry furries - STOCK UP, and be prepared for costumes'.)
That little fundraising drive supposedly will keep him going till the Con, of course (I'm an Anthrocon, in fact I'm an Anthrocoon)
>>On Tuesday, May 1, I'll pack up anything else that has come in, along with the remainder in the Paypal account, and send it out to him all at once. Then we need only dream about lasagna wraps until we can get our hands on the real thing in June!
I want to say a great thank you to the fandom at large for stepping in stepping up and sparing Furnandos at least through AC 2012. Seeing some of the footage from the recent Furnando's Feast-in and the donations that poured in via paypal makes me happy to be a part of this fandom even if I wasnt able to be there personally.
Besides, Now I can go back to that plan to showing off the 2011 coupon I kept and teasingly threatening that I"m going to cash it in, even if it does say in very fine small print "Not valid after closing day of Anthrocon 2011". Oh yes, and dont forget the T-shirt! Can never go home without the t-shirt!
A tweet by Fernando (RT by Anthrocon) says they have changed their name to Furryland Cafe (temp.? permanent?) and limited T shirts will be available
Ah, there's the new logo!
I'm not even sure how i should take this.
Its a similar design from previous years t shirt, with the addition of the new Furryland Cafe tag instead of "FURnandos" He's sold out of previous t shirt runs. Get 'em while they're hot.
I am so happy that I will get to go to furnandos as this will be my first anthrocon. I will endeavour to try as much American food as my British stomache can take as well as eating at furnandos I am planning on getting a tshirt as well.
See you guys there and some of you in the UK at CF in a few weeks time.
He has 2 shops? where is the other one that's closing up soon, does that mean he's keeping them both open or just the one closest to AC?
With the money we raised he should be able to stay open for at least a few more cons hopefully indefinately!
If he closes one down and keeps the one nearest the westin open that would keep down operating costs.
How much do the t-shirts usually sell for and I love the donuts!
Never bought any but they were great, a roommate offered me one of theirs after that I was hooked!
Nom Nom Nom yummm! They can't be that expensive it's only a donut right?
So it's official he will be open for at least one more con, just with a different name??? "furryland cafe"
He has 2 shops?...does that mean he's keeping them both open or just the one closest to AC?...With the money we raised he should be able to stay open for at least a few more cons hopefully indefinately!...If he closes one down and keeps the one nearest the westin open that would keep down operating costs.
I have never run a business, but a few general assumptions can be made here.
First - the man owns the businesses - but he doesn't own the locations. He pays rent, in the form of a lease, either directly to a Landlord or to a Property Management Company. And since he is doing it for two places, it may be that the rent for the other place, away from the DLCC, is the cheaper of the two. If that is the case, then depending on what his sales are like there, it might be the more prudent course to close down the shop nearest AnthroCon.
Second - Utilities. It is likely that he pays directly for what utilities he uses - Electricity, Gas, Water, Sewer Assessment, Garbage pick-up - on a monthly basis, just like the rent. Add to that a telephone line, and possibly a separate Fax line, as well (for "Catering" and "To Go" orders from local business offices).
Third - he has a business which has the General Public on his premises - you can bet he has to pay for Liability Insurance. Likewise Workmen's Comp or something similar, for his employees.
Fourth - His Employees. He has to pay their wages, plus various payroll taxes to the Federal and likely Commonwealth Governments.
Fifth - Business License fees.
Sixth - Taxes on earnings which the business generates.
Seventh - His suppliers. He has to buy the Meats and Produce and Bread and Condiments and Beverage Service (which would include mSyrup deliverise, bottle and canned beverage deliveries, and maintenance on the Soda fountain) and plates, napkins, plasticware...it goes on and on.
The amount raised to help out Fernando was a truly astonishing sum - but there are too many places for it to go to, to expect it to be his sole means of staying afloat for any extended length of time. He needs customers when AnthroCon isn't in town - and there are few ways that we can help him with that - though one or two things do occur to me.
An idea that may help get the word out to the general public, at no cost but our time, would be to email the Food network and Travel Channels and have them do a segment of one of their shows at Furnado's. If each one of us reading this would send and email they most likely would look into it.
Good idea, but don't forget he changed the name to "Furryland Cafe"
Most likely he will not stay open much later then this years AC, because running costs will be financially unrealistic for another year of operation.
Being a small "mom & pop" type operation it makes me sad four resturants or more in the downtown pittsburgh area have shut down in the last year alone.
As large company names move in as well as lack of good parking in the downtown area it further hurts small business owners; location is key and with the economy as it is now, it only makes it that much harder to keep an establishment open.