Saturday, November 23, 2013

Peter's of Dunwoody Closed

Peter's in Dunwoody is closed.  The hanging sign out on Chamblee Dunwoody Road is gone and the place is locked tight.  Apparently the rent rate was higher than budgeted for a dinner restaurant.

Certain locations are tough for restaurants, and this seems to be one.  Once the home to High Cotton and even a Pizza Hut, the space appears to be vacant.  On the upside, more parking for Moe's, Subway, and of course Nina's Nails.  The parking in this shopping center is not great, especially in the corner by Moe's and the ice cream place.

Carbonara in da Ville opened recently and may have had an impact on business at Peter's.  The osso buco here is pretty good, almost as good as at Ferraro's in Vegas.

On a positive note, we have an excellent review of First Watch cafe coming soon.  With the kids home from school next week take them out for brunch at First Watch, beside Marlow's. Peter's has a new location on Holcomb Bridge Road (690 Holcomb Bridge Road) in Roswell. 

So what's next for this site?  Hopefully not a Chuck E Cheese.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Sherwin Williams Paint Store in Dunwoody Village

Want to paint the town red some night?  Now you can.  Start your night at Mellow Mushroom by eating a cheese pizza (dough made with spring water), and a pitcher of Hoegaarden.  Go on Thursday night for free face painting, then pose for a photo with Mellow's new Transformer statue.  (NOTE: The stuffed animal claw machine is not as kid-friendly as during the Sugarman era.  The stuffed animals are them selves tightly stuffed).  Next, head to the back of Mellow Mushroom to the new Sherwin Williams paint store, then head across the street to Marlow's Tavern.

The new paint store is beside Ace Hardware, a paint-seller itself. Of course an open store, providing jobs and tax revenue, is better than a closed bank.  Sherwin Williams has some good stuff.  I prefer their Duron brand. 

I thought a sandwich shop would have been ideal for that spot, especially after the Parkway project is complete.  I hope they allow me to put my chairs out front for the Independence Day parade. Welcome to Dunwoody, Mr. Williams.

Welcome to Dunwoody, Mr. Williams. 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Gene Walker's Supreme Court Opinion On the Way

The Georgia Supreme Court will soon announce their opinion on the law that was used to bounce Dr. Gene Walker and other DeKalb School Board members out of office.  DunwoodyTalk sources tell us the decision could come as soon as Monday. 

Imagine the chaos and strings attached should the Georgia Supreme Court side with voters and against legislators.  The chain of events to follow would be far-reaching and again put DeKalb School District in the spotlight.

Before we get to that, a brief comment on the verdict against Pat and Tony and Crawford Lewis.  A case that was three years or so in the making was suddenly fast-tracked once Lewis decided to talk.  Some say Lewis, a former gym teacher promoted to Superintendent of the 25th largest school district in the United states of America, did not have the COGAT or ITBS scores needed to pull off such a scam of taxpayer funds.  Others say he did.  Either way, he entered a plea deal and is in a better position today than Pat and Tony.  It seems as we all knew Lewis would never serve any time for the crime.  If nothing else comes from this, hopefully DeKalb political folks will not lie, cheat, or steal as there is a very slim chance they could go to jail.

And one more thing.  Lewis, Atkinson, and Tyson NEVER acted in a way that we saw Michael Thurmond behave at the recent Druid Hills Cluster hearing/meeting.  Thurmond had his big-boy pants on, used his political swag attitude, and beat down Druid Hills like a rented mule.  Students and taxpayers are no better off today with Thurmond than we were with Lewis or Atkinson.  At least Atkinson made an attempt to get a handle on finances.  Lewis would have voted NO for Druid Hills, Atkinson would probably have said YES. But at meetings and in person Lewis was a decent guy and did not talk down to people like the current Super.  Lewis was not qualified to be Super and apparently got mixed up in some bad things while he climber the Friends and Family ladder.  We wish Lewis well and hope he and his family find peace in their lives. 

At issue is: Does OCGA 20-2-73 violate the Georgia Constitution?  We think it does violate the Georgia Constitution. Of course no one on the DunwoodyTalk staff serves on the GA Supreme Court.  In fact, none of have even been to law school or dated a person who went to law school.  But we do blog, so that means we know it all.  

If Walker Loses:
He and Jay Cunningham run for DeKalb School Board in a few months (all 7 seat are up for election in May 2014) and win easily.  Gene will be back in business with Michael Thurmond before you know it.  Nancy Jester will not run again for DeKalb board as she is running for Georgia Superintendent.  The DeKalb issue helps Jester's credibility not only in DeKalb but statewide as she was the main source who brought the financial mess to the attention of SACS.  Or, did SACS know all along DeKalb was a mess and could no longer ignore it after Jester developed a loyal following across DeKalb?  One former board member is now deceased, and she never had a fair chance to clear her name.

If Walker Wins:
When does he (and the others) regain his seat?  Does he retake office immediately?  Are the interim/appointed board members immediately removed from office?  How soon before Jay, Gene, and Co. file lawsuits against Deal and others over back pay and other issues?  How long will it take Legislators to wipe the egg from their faces?

Michael Thurmond would remain as Super as he is tight with Gene.  But look for SACS to get the boot.  Good riddance.  SACS is the Rainbow Coalition of the education field.  

Does Nancy Jester retake her county board seat and run for State School Superintendent?  Most likely.  We think she'd continue her quest to expose corruption and financial wrong-doings in DeKalb as part of her campaign.  And who runs for school board for DeKalb in the Dunwoody/Brookhaven District 1?  Although Coleman put up a decent fight for the Druid Hills Cluster folks, we don't see the young Ivy Leaguer putting up with all this nonsense for less than $20,000 a year.  We do expect a candidate from Dunwoody to emerge very soon.  And on that note, here is a nice piece on the Lewis and Pope expedition. by Stan Jester of Dunwoody.

Stan Jester, Fact Checker

If Walker wins the Georgia general Assembly will be quite embarrassed.  After all, this narrow piece of legislation was put forth with one purpose only - to take Gene & Co. out of office.  A lot of political pull was used.  How would a Gene victory affect the Independent School District effort?  We have that blog post already written, waiting for our editor to hit the 'publish' button.