CBS News aired a very nice story last week on the dust-up between Back Alley Waffles and Groupon. Friends who saw it said that it was mostly a re-packaging of Groupon's talking points. Since I have addressed Groupon's talking points elsewhere, I won't rehash those.
There is one thing they left out, however, that, to my mind, is significant.
There is a long and costly process involved to get all the permits to operate a restaurant in DC. We began the process immediately and were making a good faith effort toward full compliance when the delayed payments from Groupon snuffed us out.
In response to yet another diatribe claiming my lashing out at Groupon is just a way of avoiding blame, I wrote:
You know, I don't get guys like you, and I'm not thinking about your impoliteness.
That grew into Back Alley Waffles.
So, almost by accident, I found myself trying to open a restaurant with no money. YOU try that some time.