Monday, November 19, 2007

Final Days of the Monkey

From the Monkey Bar:

"This message is to update you all on the Monkey Bar's status as of November 19, 2007.

First, we would like to say thank you to all of those who provided letters of support and personal testimony during the Monkey Bar's SUP permit process. We could not have provided better support than we did during that so called "hearing." It was overwhelming to read the personal letters of support from ordinary people that enjoyed our little neighborhood bar. To everyone but the "volunteers" appointed by our elected officials, it was clear that Monkey Bar had overwhelming public support and no documented problems with the multitude of regulators that watch our business. Unfortunately we had a few neighbors that did not enjoy our venue very much and their concerns were clearly aligned with most of the appointed members.
For the record, we sympathize with some of the positions of our neighbors who do not want to live next door or directly behind a bar. If the tables were turned, we certainly recommend taking advantage of an opportunity to voice an opinion to effect improvement to the community. We do not understand the blatant dismissal of such overwhelming support and complete disregard of factual documentation exhibited by City officials. We are also not comfortable with the "hearing" testimony presented by a neighbor regarding the "element" of people in our bar - we appreciate diversity and certainly would not have invested in Exposition Park many years ago if we did not.

Thank you again for those supporters and customers of Monkey Bar.

It is with deep regret that Monkey Bar will be closing as of November 25. We could certainly appeal the City's decision to City Council, however it is clear the City's future plans for Exposition Park does not align with the goals of our family's small business.

We would like to personally invite you to join us for our farewell and inventory reduction party on Friday November 23 and Saturday November 24. "Good neighbor" discounts will be extended to everyone, especially those with Exposition Park flare! - Michael Reed, Wendy Stogsdill-Reed, Gerald Stogsdill, and Debra Stogsdill-Pena."

Dallas Monkey Bar

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