December 12, 2016

Marxist Vegan restaurant closes due to bizarre business model, weird hours and customers waiting 40 minutes for a sandwich

StaffRebel Columnist

A “Marxist” “collectivist” “worker-run” restaurant in Grand Rapids, Michigan has closed.

According to Heatst, The Garden Diner and Cafe featured a vegan, vegetarian and raw food menu that had met with significant national acclaim. However, the business model, which did not allow for bosses or managers, didn't make enough profit.

Because of the strange model, restaurant hours were all over the place. Employees set the shop’s hours by group decision, which caused the restaurant to open at random times thus confusing customers.

The customers, by the way, would wait 40 minutes for a sandwich, according to posts on Facebook. Customers also thought that the “equal pay, no tipping” idea failed to reward good service.

“Because of our economy, people are working 12- to-15-hour shifts, servers take home $200 to $300 a night in tips, the cooks are making $10 an hour and the owner takes whatever he takes,” [operator Ryan] Cappelletti told MLive in 2011. “We're going to have equal pay and equal say across the board. Everyone working together.”

There were even some ironic hiccups. As Heatst reported, “When the diner offered a free meal to Grand Rapids police officers as a “thank you” for keeping their neighborhood safe, local socialists complained that the business was abrogating its core ideals by siding with fascists and supporting 'nearly all-white police force in this era of police violence'.”

Is it any wonder why this ended up being a flop?

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commented 2016-12-13 15:12:16 -0500
NEWS UPDATE…..Hannibal Lechter has bought the Garden Diner and Cafe, reinstituted tipping and a strict regieme of discipline in the kitchen. Delivery standards have been cut in half and the menu features a gourmet selection of overbearing “rude” free range vegan delights…….:-)
commented 2016-12-13 15:06:52 -0500
@dave T…..sorry Dave I’ll take a pass on that …they are weak and as bitter as absinth before you louche it with sugar….
commented 2016-12-13 01:30:05 -0500
When the hell will the snowflakes figure out that under a communist government you do not choose when or where to work.
commented 2016-12-13 01:29:17 -0500
Another example of failed marxism and socialism, yet many people still think it is the way to go.
commented 2016-12-12 18:55:11 -0500
Bill Elder, that was extremely enlightening. Thank you.
commented 2016-12-12 18:45:13 -0500
Weird business concept! Just shows how TruDope’s economic plans will work out!
As for the veggies – ah well I’ve always thought that if animals get fat eating corn, grain and vegetation – people could skip the process of feeding animals and eat the food 1st hand – themselves – save the clogged arteries, etc. But, as the corn crop failed – I am going to go eat some Prime Rib – gotta get corn somehow. LOL
commented 2016-12-12 18:17:36 -0500
Again we see the big lie propagated – Ideological Veganism is not “Marxist” it has fascist roots.

Karl Marx loved his Kosher lamb chops,and roast duck. Similarly Lenin and Stalin were meat lovers extolling the virtues of high protein giving workers the strength to build their new utopia and promising a larger supply of it to the supply commissariates , ASAP.

Kim Jong Il was very fond of shark-fin soup, salted raw pork fat, and dog-meat soup, which he believed gave him immunity and virility.

On the other hand both Hitler and Mussolini were vegans-

Mussolini loved a simple salad of roughly chopped garlic drenched with oil and fresh lemon juice. He thought high fat meat&dairy French food was " decadent and worthless." He started wide appeal campaigns in fascist Italy to get people to eat less meat and dairy, calling it the food of aristocratic tyrants.

Hitler’s veganim was a direct idological result of his love for animals. As soon as the Nazi Party came to power in 1933, they began to enact scores of animal protection laws. Hitler recruited Third Reich leaders who were concerned with animal suffering.

In Nazi Germany, Hitler sentenced people who mistreated their pets to two years in jail. The Nazis banned the production of foie gras and docking the ears and tails of dogs and they severely restricted invasive animal research. The Nazi Party was first to mandate humane slaughter procedures for food animals (The Nazis were particularly concerned with the suffering of lobsters in restaurants). In addition, the Nazi regime established a school curriculum for the humane treatment of animals which stressed we should not eat our “friends”, and they hosted one of the first international conferences on animal protection.

Perhaps the most chilling episode in the bizarre annals of Nazi animal protectionism was a 1942 law banning pet-keeping by Jews. As a result, dogs and cats owned by Jews were rounded up and humanely euthanized according to the German regulations pertaining to pets. But unlike their companion animals, Jews themselves were not covered under the humane slaughter legislation.

Perhaps this will illustrate how an ideology can twist human and moral values in weird and tragic ways. We see this same conflicted morality in PETA and animals rights movements who have no qualms about full term abortion or assassinating people for “Animal peace”or starving large swaths of humanity with ideological eco policies
commented 2016-12-12 18:00:28 -0500
Roger McAvoy wrote «The left is slowing being whittled down to the paid militant radicals, that is all that is “left” of the democratic party»

They’ll be out on their asses once George Soros dies and his heirs squander his fortune.
commented 2016-12-12 17:59:06 -0500
It’s interesting that Marxism always fails in the same way at all different scales, from restaurant to Indian reservation to Venezuela to Soviet Union.
commented 2016-12-12 17:24:27 -0500
I love vegetables and raw food -especially – that is why I just go to the butcher shop.
commented 2016-12-12 16:05:56 -0500
Lol…too funny
commented 2016-12-12 15:28:00 -0500
The left is slowing being whittled down to the paid militant radicals, that is all that is “left” of the democratic party
commented 2016-12-12 15:26:19 -0500
Socialism has never worked in any model, restaurant or government. It is a fundamentally flawed concept.

But try convincing the Marxists of the world that they worship a flawed system.
commented 2016-12-12 14:56:38 -0500

Sorry, I used the last of mine this morning for breakfast. Can I interest you in a hot, steaming cup of Liberal SJW tears instead?
commented 2016-12-12 14:55:01 -0500
Imagine that, a restaurant who’s focus is the felt needs of the workers, and NOT the customers. How could that possibly go wrong?
commented 2016-12-12 14:51:39 -0500
Anybody know where I can get some King Leopold brand Jus Prima Nocta Belgian Congo Dark Roast Coffee with tha rich from colonial exploitation flavour? That fair trade shit they make lattes from tastes like equality….between low quality coffee beans and rabbit shit…
commented 2016-12-12 14:21:05 -0500
Another brilliant Socialist endeavor, gone, the way of the Clintons. Keep it up Guys, see what else you can screw up.
commented 2016-12-12 14:09:57 -0500
This sounds like how Justin Trudeau is trying to run Canada – with the same end result.

“Sorry. Closing due to bankruptcy. Will the last Canadian please lock the door and turn out the lights on the way out?”