Attitude towards Gilroy indicative of why J.R. Brewski’s failed

Dear Editor,
After reading about the closing of J.R. Brewski’s in the July 30
Dispatch, I have to say I won’t miss it.
Owner Jeff Parsons seems to have a consistently condescending
attitude towards Gilroy, as indicated by his statement,

…I have to say the town as a whole is not ready for this price
range of menu.

Dear Editor,

After reading about the closing of J.R. Brewski’s in the July 30 Dispatch, I have to say I won’t miss it.

Owner Jeff Parsons seems to have a consistently condescending attitude towards Gilroy, as indicated by his statement, “…I have to say the town as a whole is not ready for this price range of menu.”

Similarly, when the restaurant first opened, he made a comment in the Dispatch to the effect that diners wouldn’t feel like they were in Gilroy when eating there. And just what is wrong with feeling like you’re in Gilroy for a nice meal?

Shortly after it opened my wife and planned to go to J.R. Brewski’s for dinner. We called to make a reservation but were told they didn’t take reservations. When we showed up at the early hour of 6pm the woman at the front desk very smugly and without apology told us the wait for dinner would be an hour. We ended up having a very pleasant dinner at Tassos instead. A letter to Mr. Parsons complaining about this incident went unanswered.

Perhaps the key to being successful in the restaurant business in Gilroy involves appreciating the locals and recognizing that many of us do appreciate fine dining. Tassos and Harvest Time under its new ownership are two examples of local restaurants which have recognized this and which have a regular, returning clientele. Others wishing to succeed in Gilroy would do well to follow this model rather than blaming chain restaurants on the other side of town that cater to an entirely different clientele.

Mike Christie, Gilroy

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