Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Dinosaur Barbecue Troy

Would you like to meet the creator of DBBQ? John Stage started the biz in Syracuse in 1983, when he and some buddies began pulling a cooker behind their Harleys to biker events around the East Coast. Come Saturday November 20, Stage will be in the Capital Region to discuss the creation of Dinosaur Bar-B-Que and how he took it from a concession stand to a full-service restaurant Saturday, November 20, at 9 a.m. in the Saint Joseph Hall Auditorium, The College of Saint Rose, 985 Madison Ave., Albany. Stage’s presentation is free and open to the public.

Capital Region People can be such idiots and sometimes the media acts equally stupid!

The latest case of local lunacy involves the ooohing and aaahing over Dinosaur Bar-B-Que opening in Troy. I didn't have the time today or the desire (especially the desire) to go researching, but one female reporter's tale of the opening sounded almost exactly word for word like the same jive she spewed when Krispy Kreme opened in Latham. (You remember - the "long lines" and "hungry customers" - and a few years later the place shut down for lack of business).
Why does the region so adore food businesses and restaurants that have succeeded first elsewhere? That's an open question.

Maybe people just really appreciate something new. Maybe it's media hype. Perhaps it reflects the smallish size of the metropolitan area.

One thing is for sure: Opening-day excitement doesn't necessarily translate into long-term success. Just ask Krispy Kreme, which closed its Latham location, the only one in the region, just two years after the celebrated opening. ~ Consumers tend to welcome outsiders (but forget them not too long after)
This is why the Albany area will never attract a major league sports team or ascend to "metro city status" (whatever that is) - the local yokels are "nuts" over stuff like KK and now the BBQ, but for some reason, the enthusiasm wears off - and when it does - that's the end! How long do you think the Dinosaur will last? Will it be here in the area longer than Krispy Kreme???

Previous cases of local lunacy involve politics. It is sickening to watch footage of the media falling over themselves to yuk with Eliot Spitzer on his Coronation day. And then again when everyone sighed "Serendipity" as they welcomed David Paterson with palms into the city. (Hopefully we'll be so much more tactful and professional in welcoming Andrew Cuomo to the Mansion!)
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  1. Apparently, you've never had Dino BBQ.

  2. @Anonymous - no, apparently YOU have never had a Krispy Kreme!


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