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Old 01-06-2015, 03:18 PM
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We were there last week. We were going to go to the Mexican place nearby but the line was out the door there. There were only a few people in Meza Luma. We actually wondered why there was almost no one there when the closest other restaurant was packed.

I can't figure out how they are running out of so many things with so few customers.
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Old 01-06-2015, 03:42 PM
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And...drumroll.....never expect to live off the proceeds from your new business for at least the first two years.
TheVillageChicken: Thank you so much. I do remember that rule now that you produced it.
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Old 01-06-2015, 04:05 PM
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We go there often and have always enjoyed good service and food. I was there today for lunch and it was very good. They are preparing to have a wine tasting and dinner on February 4th. Call and get a reservation. Everyone deserves a second chance....
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Old 01-06-2015, 04:32 PM
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...a sure sign is when the liquor distributor cuts off credit and goes to cash only. Sounds like it has just taken a little longer than I thought.
You got it. The reason they are out of liquor is their distributor cut them off for not paying their bills, same with the food purveyors.

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They are preparing to have a wine tasting and dinner on February 4th. Call and get a reservation. Everyone deserves a second chance....
Wine tasting without wine, that'll be interesting. What ever you do, don't pay in advance.

Next will be the orange tape on the door from the Florida Dept. of (Sales Tax) Revenue.

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Can you explain the "High Rent" ?
"High rent" to me signifies a higher amount than might be expected in a certain location. And don't forget the percentage the developer gets on the total receipts.
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"High rent" to me signifies a higher amount than might be expected in a certain location. And don't forget the percentage the developer gets on the total receipts.
What percent would that be?
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Sorry but Mezza Luna started out with poor service and went downhill from there. We went there very soon after they opened. They had no bread. And no apologies. Later, service was indifferent with many servers standing around chatting with each other. And it's pricey. I really didn't think it would last.
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"High rent" to me signifies a higher amount than might be expected in a certain location. And don't forget the percentage the developer gets on the total receipts.
And the rent charged was a surprise to the owners? They weren't made aware of it before they signed the lease?...come on!
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I went to a luncheon there in June. The rude female bartender with ponytail (who used to work at Red Sauce) and the waitress who called our group's hostess a "b*tch" behind her back gave every indication this place was not going to last. There was nobody but our group of 12, and the service was very slow and food was mediocre at best.

Unless an owner who cares is present ALL the time, "While the cat's away, the mice will play"…..and treat customers like they're intruders.
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Recently during a meeting regarding commercial doings in The Villages, the question of this "percentage" was asked to the executive (name I don't remember) in charge of the developers commercial division. And he answered to I think hundreds in attendance that there is NO percentage of sales charge added to any merchant and/or restaurant lease.
Answering in such a public forum would lead me to probably believe that he is telling the truth and this percentage theory is bogus. I do not have personal knowledge one way or another. Just relaying what I remember being said recently by someone who should know.
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I certainly won't miss them. When they started serving breakfast wife and I went and had a memorable experience. Halfway through the "ordeal" I was looking around for cameras hidden thinking we were on Candid Camera.
Wife asked for decaf coffee and I asked for regular. After me getting mine and a refill we asked where the decaf was. They said they had to brew decaf. I would think a restaurant would always have decaf available. Then after a long wait the waitress told us that they had grains in the coffee and had to brew another batch. My eggs were floating in grease and I really didn't want to eat them. The experience rated them our personal "cross them off the list".
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We were there last weekend. It's was the first time for me. (Also was going to go to the Mexican restaurant but there was a wait). I was actually pleasantly surprised. All the tables were full, there was entertainment, and the food was very good. So having been there less than a week ago, they had everything we ordered and it was quite good. Wait staff was also very nice.
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Could this possibly be just one bad nite? From everyone else it sounds like this isn't the normal? just askin'
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We just home from a lovely meal at Meza Luna tonight. Arrived around 7:00 and I would say it was at least half full. We were greeted by the hostess and promptly shown to a table. Our waitress Darcie was great - took our drink order promptly and answered any menu questions we had. Our friends had a pizza - yes the oven was down yesterday, but it was repaired and operational today. My husband had the Penne Arrabiata and I had the Penne Bolognese - both as good as - or better - than any other Italian restaurant in The Villages. Darcie brought the table a wonderful basket of garlic bread to enjoy with our salads. We had a great time and a wonderful meal.
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Old 01-06-2015, 09:33 PM
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We were there last weekend. It's was the first time for me. (Also was going to go to the Mexican restaurant but there was a wait). I was actually pleasantly surprised. All the tables were full, there was entertainment, and the food was very good. So having been there less than a week ago, they had everything we ordered and it was quite good. Wait staff was also very nice.
I agree, I've been there at least 3 times in the past month. The food was absolutely fantastic and they had everything I requested. They were very busy and had Kathleen Kane singing, it was a lovely evening.

I'd give them a second chance, haven't had a bad meal there yet.

PS, I usually get house wines, I'm not that fussy.
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