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Guess We Saw This Coming

1 Jul

$4 per gallon of gas? Well, OK. $4 for a cup of Joe? Uh, no thanks!

SEATTLE – Starbucks Corp. said Tuesday it will close 600 stores in the United States in the next year and cut back the number of new stores it had planned to open.

Starbucks said 70 percent of the stores slated to be closed had opened since the start of the 2006 fiscal year. The total includes 100 previously announced store closures.

The company expects charges between $328 million and $348 million related to the closures, including a charge of $200 million in the third quarter.

Once those underperforming stores have shut down _ a process the company said will happen gradually from now until the first half of 2009 _ Starbucks said it expects the change to boost earnings by $100 million a year.

Starbucks said it will try to place workers from closed stores in remaining Starbucks.

Shares of Seattle-based Starbucks slipped 11 cents to $15.51 in after-hours trading after losing 12 cents to close at $15.62.

I’ll Take Ibis over Imus Any Day!

1 Jul

Saw some of these guys on the beach yesterday — nice beak, huh?

The Ibis is a bird seen throughout the Sunshine State. It is also the mascot for the University of Miami Hurricanes. “Sebastian the Ibis” is seen below making the international symbol for “The U.”

Can’t wait for college football.

My VT Hokies have whipped the Hurricanes in recent years. 

New Pass Bait & Grill

1 Jul

Fish and Chips is the way to go at New Pass. The fried cod is done right.

Lunch today was at the New Pass Bait & Grill on Ken Thompson Parkway. It is a very rustic place that has been around for decades now. They offer burgers, tuna wraps, and the like, but I would recommend you try one of the seafood entrees. Order a shrimp or clam basket — or follow my lead and call for the Fish & Chips platter. The portions are generous (my platter could easily be shared by two people). Skip the slaw (pretty dry) and don’t fill up on the crispy fries. The plump cod fillets are dipped in batter and cooked to perfection. Add a squeeze of lemon and maybe a few splashes of malt vinegar. Then grab a seat overlooking the New Pass and you’ll soon be whistling Otis Redding’s “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay.”  

Place your order at the window & then find a seat overlooking the bay

Hey, who really needs the Weather Channel?

Lucky Dog in Venice, FL

1 Jul

I spotted this little dive yesterday. Cool looking joint. They actually have indoor seating at the counter. It’s all extremely cozy. They were closed when I popped by, but I peeked in through the front window. The Lucky Dog is small, yet it has tons of flair. And any place that sells Angus Hot Dogs is OK in my book.

These groovy retro images appear on the restroom doors at Lucky Dog