July 03, 2015

The shocking story of how "vultures and parasites" forced Gavin McInnes to shut down his successful NYC restaurant

Gavin McInnesArchive

I just shut down the restaurant I co-owned in New York City. Our rent was low and we were packed every weekend. So what went wrong?

The government (and even some of our neighbours) hate small businesses and want to shut them down.

Outdated regulations led to crippling fines.

And those fines were always handed out by health inspectors who were from Senegal. We're bringing in people who have no regard for the history of the country, and feel no kinship with me or my business partners.

Wait until you hear what happened when I snuck into a local licensing board meeting.

You won't believe it.

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commented 2015-07-18 16:03:45 -0400
Wow, now when immigrants are competitive and successful they become cause to your nonsense downfall. They are ok if they remain cleaners, PSWs, or on welfare. Non sense, get it together and be accepting and supportive.
I like you for talking about it, I believe there are many whose view is like you but look nice, ye, Christian or political correct., Jesus gave them good name, HYPOCRITE
commented 2015-07-08 19:22:53 -0400
People are idiots…come open a restaurant in Canada…no where near that nonsense. The US is closed for business. Money come from unicorns or sprinkles from fairy farts… I used to be a bit jealous of the states…that’s long gone now.
commented 2015-07-06 13:46:31 -0400
And then finally, when there’s nothing left, when you can’t borrow another buck from the bank or buy another case of booze, you bust the joint out. You light a match.
commented 2015-07-06 13:27:10 -0400
Gavin doesn’t know “how the game is played” in New York. Building Inspectors, Health Inspectors, ANY kind of Inspectors…..are soliciting bribes when they find a “fault” in your business. Canucks just aren’t accustomed to paying bribes for “Public Servants” to do their work. In New York…..they will “make up” the offence….and look for YOU to “make it right”…not by fixing the problem….but by helping THEIR bank accounts…….Just like in the ’third-world". Welcome to America
commented 2015-07-06 13:15:29 -0400
New York is morphing into Baltimore these days . . . with the insane Mayor at the helm.
Progressives destroy societies all over the world . . . fond memories of Europe back in the day, today just Failing Socialist States.
commented 2015-07-06 09:06:27 -0400
Trolls, get a room!
commented 2015-07-06 08:58:08 -0400
True North,

No, you just took a quote about someone else and pathetically tried to apply it to me – when it doesn’t apply at all.

Sort of confirmed you are an idiot there, “True North”.
commented 2015-07-06 07:43:16 -0400
Donald: I have to say that taking the time to expend pixels, time and energy posting a paragraph about how insignificant you find someone else is a bit pathetic (in the original sense of “pathetic”).
commented 2015-07-06 07:42:13 -0400
“This is what ‘Jimmy’ does – he’s all about extreme hyperbole, exaggerating beyond reason, he just makes shit up and he creates drama – where there is none. That’s his business and his brand. "
Sort of gave yourself away there ‘Jimmy’.
commented 2015-07-05 19:41:45 -0400

Really? Tell me more about my life and how insignificant I am. Also tell me about your life too.
commented 2015-07-05 18:04:22 -0400
oh what a surprise its little jimmy no life.. ranting and saying look at me… you must look at me.. i love the insignificant trying to prove that they cant be any more insignificant than they are already.. now that is moronic.
commented 2015-07-05 16:31:54 -0400
This is what Gavin does – he’s all about extreme hyperbole, exaggerating beyond reason, he just makes shit up and he creates drama – where there is none. That’s his business and his brand.

And that’s what he does on Fox News and various other interviews. He’s the one ranting about something completely ridiculous and moronic, but somehow he expects people to take him seriously and sadly they do. Of course they are conservatives who typically buy into that shit, but still.
commented 2015-07-05 12:25:39 -0400
Bill: exactly. To launch a rowboat during a typhoon and express shock and rage when it sinks seems a little disingenuous. The regulatory and taxation regime in any given market for any given product or service is an unavoidable consideration in any business plan. Add to that the inherent volatility of the restaurant business, multiply it by the high-risk and competitive location, and the general economic downturn (which hits the restaurant and food services industry harder that many sectors), and you have challenges a little more difficult that Chinese elders rooting through your dumpster.
commented 2015-07-05 11:14:10 -0400
Gavin, as a professional management systems trainer, I have to ask if these “risks” were present at the outset of your venture? If so, it sounds like they should have been factored into a risk assessment as part of the original business plan. From that point you decide if the risks outweigh the benefits of operating in that market. Business is all about risk management and market research.
Personally I have no idea what prompts small proprietorships to operate in such a market hostile to small players as NYC is – both the business community and government have taken on the Mob’s parasitic protection rackets (crony capitalism) – there is no true full access capitalist market there – you have to grow fast enough to have the liquidity to buy yourself absolution from the kleptonomic system.

You just leaned that.
commented 2015-07-05 10:27:22 -0400
Liza: pity about your poor taste in consultants. I usually get the accountants who work for me to do the cost analyses if that’s part of the gig. However, you don’t really need an accountant to explain and a business’s “success” is not gauged by deducting “rent” from “gross revenues”.
commented 2015-07-04 23:40:04 -0400
I call bullshit on this. If his restaurant was so damn successful – there are multiple ways around the problems that “forced” him to close. In addition, you can open up your “successful” restaurant somewhere else. I wonder if Katz’s Delicatessen has these problems and if they will close too.
commented 2015-07-04 19:04:34 -0400
Gavin…..you should not have told me you were a Knight of Columbus on another video…….:-)

You speak of corruption in New York and of poor immigrant selection…..:-)

Let me remind you that “Boss Tweed” of “Tammany Hall” fame (infamy) was the head of the Knights of Columbus and the poster child of anti-Catholic conspiracy theory……….:-)

“Sure send me your poor and huddled masses…and when you’re done doing THAT…empty out your prisons and send me your criminal classes….just as long as they are Catholic and attend masses”……………:-)

If you served liquor at your place and your place was back home in Montreal….you would have been paying two unofficial “surtaxes”….one to whichever group of gangsters ran THAT neighbourhood and one to the police……:-)

Gavin….the reason why most successful enterprises in New York are run by Tony Soprano’s cousins is because if your opponents are willing to do things on the blind side of justice you have to be tough and ruthless enough to take it there…..:-)

When Deadwood was a t the peak of it’s free enterprise phase it was run by pimps who got away with murder….that is where people like Karl Marx got the material to write all of the disparaging things they had to say about capitalism….:-)

The free enterprise of the good and God fearing is an aspiration….it has rarely been a reality.
commented 2015-07-04 17:00:26 -0400
Terry, why the long windedness ? I thought you said you didn’t like rambling. Glad to see you are self styled “business planner and entrepreneur” that supports the government over regulating things, I suppose you’re one of the guys that ride the coattails of quotas and only does work for the government. Entrepreneur my ass.
commented 2015-07-04 11:23:54 -0400
It’s getting harder as the years go by to run a small business. We have too many oversight regulations, quite a few being outdated and unnecessary, we have big franchises coming in and crushing the local business market, and we have people who are too blinded by big names to appreciate small businesses. I myself, am a HUGE supporter of small businesses. I’d rather eat at a small diner or even a chip truck than fuel the monster companies, i.e Mc Donalds, Burger King, Wendy’s, etc…

And why? I would rather see my money go towards our families, not some major franchise that has more money than God. Many of the places I frequent get their products from local farms, and other local businesses in the region. And if that labels me as hateful to the norm, then brand me now. I’m not changing my ways, because I know I’m in the right.
commented 2015-07-04 00:18:19 -0400
Most consultants I have known don’t know shit. Business planner and entrepreneur. You have your own consulting business.? So what. Doesn’t make you any expert. Dime a dozen. A good accountant can remind you about efficient cost analysis.
commented 2015-07-03 17:18:17 -0400
Very true. As a business planner and entrepreneur, I agree with you completely.
commented 2015-07-03 17:03:05 -0400
There are doers and there are downers.
Thank goodness for the people who venture out and actually produce wealth in this country. But then, if you only believe in the “finite” pie, you would be of the “nothing ventured nothing gained” school.
commented 2015-07-03 16:33:50 -0400
LOL. Well, Liza, think you may be taking Gavin a little more seriously than he takes himself – or than I do. But – sigh – since you want a comment strictly on topic….
A restauranteur friend of mine once told me I could simulate the experience of running a restaurant by converting my life savings into twenty dollar bills, walking out into a field in a high wind, and throwing my money in fistfulls into the air. It’s a high risk, low return business. MOST restaurants, anywhere, crash and burn; and the restaurant of which Gavin was part owner, The Cardinal, was operating in one of the most cutthroat, competitive markets in the world.
The financial analysis Gavin presents here to show that his restaurant was “successful” was to compare its GROSS earnings against ONE expense – the rent. Which, of course, is utterly meaningless, given that the only thing that matters is NET earnings, after salaries, food costs, operating costs, etc., etc., etc.
How good was the restaurant? Well, according to customer reviews at Yelp, not so great. http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-cardinal-new-york. An average rating of 3/5, and some pretty scathing comments.
So bottom line: I think Gavin’s narrative, with its Senegalese restaurant inspectors and old Chinese ladies was, as usual, a little tongue in cheek. What sounds like a mediocre restaurant in a vicious market shut down, and he’s having a little fun with the story.
commented 2015-07-03 16:03:14 -0400
Except, the insults made here, were regarding the content of two OTHER topics. Not this one. Just hit and miss insults, of no value to anyone, trolling behaviour.

On topic…. pretty soon it won’t be worth it to go to work. We’ll be so regulated it won’t be cost effective to get out of bed. So everyone will be dependant on the State. You can’t steal from the money producers forever. When all the golden geese are gone, who will bankroll the elites?
commented 2015-07-03 15:21:15 -0400
Try farming!

We are seriously considering selling out.
commented 2015-07-03 14:17:40 -0400
Gotta love the left, hate white people, successful people, religious people (except muslims) hard working people and they especially hate the western system that allows them the freedom to hate .
commented 2015-07-03 13:31:32 -0400
Gavin I hope you cleared some money when you sold your restaurant. Your so right when you say government interference in business. Let it be known to those who want to open a business you will be inundated with government regulations and you will be fined heavily for breaking those stupid rules. When I was in the wholesale copier business hardly a week would go by when My truck was stopped police or DOT or weigh scales. Not only did they fine me they delayed my work by two to four hours. The finalstraw that broke the camels back was when I was stopped to measure my wheel base
what a waste of time that was it I closed my business like Popeye said
commented 2015-07-03 13:01:27 -0400
“choose to smear and vilify him for the content.”
Oh, I know! Imagine the nerve, eh? Actually commenting on content. Where DO these people get off?
commented 2015-07-03 12:40:59 -0400
The “entitled” hate anyone that is not them. At this rate (and mentality), NYC may end up with NO restaurants. What then?
commented 2015-07-03 12:38:27 -0400
It will be interesting to see how the left will ignore completely the context of the rant, and choose to smear and vilify him for the content. Typical left wing mentality. They are the very people who destroy businesses, and support over-bloated government bureaucracy.. Oh and I noticed one has already chimed in.