Even the corporate culinary giants have to deal with the problems everyone else in the industry faces. P.F. Chang’s is currently struggling with their newest location in
If you have ever had the opportunity to shop at the Del Monte Center in
In the eyes of the city’s Architectural Review Board and Planning Commission, it appears as though it were the
The boys from Chang’s China Bistro have been grappling with the
Senior city planner Rick Marvin said, “The horse was determined to be advertising art.” Of course, who would want that? Why ruin a perfectly good loaf of white bread?
The horses are produced by one artist, for $40,000 apiece specifically for the Chinese restaurant. The statue is a replica from China’s Han Dynasty and with the exception of one location, can be found, – often in pairs- at each of the chain’s 200 nationwide properties.
Aside from the horse problem, Chang’s is also requesting a special use permit. The eatery wants to stay open until midnight, but the neighbors across the street from the shopping center are concerned about the late night noise. Nothing like getting hopped up on Celia’s Chicken Lettuce Wrap before roistering, boisterously in the Del Monte Shopping Center parking lot on a Friday night.
Governmental boards take great pleasure in making restaurant owners- and their horses- jump through hoops in order to appease the recognized power of public service.
The fiasco reminds me of an incident in
The Architect and Design board member eventually resigned her position. The story goes that her significant other was busted for excessive Marijuana growth in the backyard. You can imagine the stories running through the seaside town.