Should restaurants go on vacation?

Maru: Another Hoboken restaurant closed for vacation

Earlier this summer – we debated on whether it’s appropriate for a restaurant (like Dino & Harry’s) to close for an extended period (i.e., vacation).

More recently, Hoboken411 received a few emails about Maru Japanese Restaurant (219 Washington St.) being closed (phone disconnected, etc.)

Further inspection revealed that a sign on the front of the establishment indicated “Vacation – open September 10.” The brown paper in the window suggested that perhaps some minor renovations are taking place during their down time.

Dino & Harry’s closes in Hoboken, NJ (temporarily)

6/28/2012:

Dino & Harry’s is a very popular restaurant / steakhouse up on 14th & Garden Streets uptown. And in case you didn’t know – they’ve been closed for the past week, and will remain closed until July 9th.

What restaurant closes for three weeks like that? Is the summer season that slow that it actually loses money by staying open?

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32 Comments on "Should restaurants go on vacation?"


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Punisher3000
3 years 7 months ago

Yeah I think it’s weird when restaurants or places of business take weeks off at a time. It seems like a waste to have a restaurant and have it closed for that long. There’s a bagel shop/deli across the street from this place that closes at 2:45PM which to me seems ridiculous. I find myself in the mood for bagels/sandwhiches all the time and since I work in the uptown area there are no other good bagel/sandwhich places in the area. Disappointing. I guess I should switch over to the low carb life. :roll:

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pmpersiani
3 years 7 months ago

Running a restaurant is hard work. Shouldn’t these people get to go on a vacation from time to time if they choose?[quote comment=”216250″]Yeah I think it’s weird when restaurants or places of business take weeks off at a time. It seems like a waste to have a restaurant and have it closed for that long. There’s a bagel shop/deli across the street from this place that closes at 2:45PM which to me seems ridiculous. I find myself in the mood for bagels/sandwhiches all the time and since I work in the uptown area there are no other good bagel/sandwhich places… Read more »

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Frankydave
3 years 7 months ago

It’s also,traditionally,very slow for the restaurant biz come summertime[quote comment=”216250″]Yeah I think it’s weird when restaurants or places of business take weeks off at a time. It seems like a waste to have a restaurant and have it closed for that long. There’s a bagel shop/deli across the street from this place that closes at 2:45PM which to me seems ridiculous. I find myself in the mood for bagels/sandwhiches all the time and since I work in the uptown area there are no other good bagel/sandwhich places in the area. Disappointing. I guess I should switch over to the low… Read more »

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animal_lover
3 years 7 months ago

It’s a nice tradition for some cultures to close for a few weeks in the summer- every summer- to set aside time for personal R&R. I admire the values of this business.

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mooshu
3 years 7 months ago

Me too.

And Dino and Harry’s is not short of patrons. That place is packed on weeknights, not just on weekends.

I think if you can afford to ‘close up shop’ to enjoy life, go for it! I do…[quote comment=”216270″]It’s a nice tradition for some cultures to close for a few weeks in the summer- every summer- to set aside time for personal R&R. I admire the values of this business.[/quote]

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paco
3 years 7 months ago

They are obviously from Greece with that sence of entitlement to go on vacation no matter what. With a buisness like that and to close for that long ? Something is not right. Maybe when they come back from vacation everyone can do then a favor and go to the place next door instead.

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nbm3
3 years 7 months ago

Thats a pretty ignorant statement, and you sound like somebody who isn’t a customer of Dino & Harry’s to begin with. I commend Dino for operating a great business, a great steakhouse, and he deserves his 2 weeks off a year to spend time with his family doing what he pleases.[quote comment=”216303″]They are obviously from Greece with that sence of entitlement to go on vacation no matter what. With a buisness like that and to close for that long ? Something is not right. Maybe when they come back from vacation everyone can do then a favor and go to… Read more »

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briank
3 years 7 months ago

Well Paco- I guess you are not a regular patron there. If you were you would know that the owner is there every night until closing. If you were a regular patron you would say enjoy your well deserved vacation. If you were a regular patron you would look forward to going bak when it reopens. You probably never went there, and apparently don’t care to support the restaurant (your comment about going elsewhere when they return). So after all this my question is: why do you care if they take a vacation?! Get a life. Do you not use… Read more »

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whineanddineinhob
3 years 7 months ago

Hard working individuals, regardless of what their business is, deserve a good vacation. The way some of these idiots chime in, they’d like you to believe they eat there 7 days a week and are so distraught over this closing that their whole life (if that’s what you’d call it) has to be re-arranged and rescheduled. LMAO. Get a life, and take a vacation yourself.

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paco
3 years 7 months ago

Wowee Zowwee the fantastic owners of Dino’s are there all day into the night ? WOW So are a lot of other people who work for a living but with Dino, he there into the night laughing all the way to the bank.
You think Dino’s paying thier minimun wage help vacation pay ?
Yeah, I went there once, but it was closed. ha ha 8)
Your right, need to get a life and purhaps learn how to cook so not to depend on restuarnts 24X7.

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briank
3 years 7 months ago

“Purhaps” you should learn how to spell. And post your name and your boss’s name and number so we can all verify that you never take a vacation. [quote comment=”216328″]Wowee Zowwee the fantastic owners of Dino’s are there all day into the night ? WOW So are a lot of other people who work for a living but with Dino, he there into the night laughing all the way to the bank. You think Dino’s paying thier minimun wage help vacation pay ? Yeah, I went there once, but it was closed. ha ha Your right, need to get a… Read more »

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paco
3 years 7 months ago

now that wudint bee berry smart… duhhhhhhhhhh ha ha cmon man. relax. good for them to be able close. 😉 [quote comment=”216329″]“Purhaps” you should learn how to spell. And post your name and your boss’s name and number so we can all verify that you never take a vacation.[/quote]

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xxrjxx
3 years 7 months ago

I don’t understand–what’s your problem with these people taking a vacation? If there’s business risk to doing so, that’s something they’ve decided they’re willing to take. It’s their business, their decision, and its none of your business. So what’s your problem? Are you saying they shouldn’t take a vacation or that other people shouldn’t take a vacation? You apparently don’t even eat there, so you aren’t even being inconvenienced. Your comments are so all over the place, I can’t figure out your angle. If you have a beef with their payscale, the workers there have a choice as well–no one… Read more »

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paco
3 years 7 months ago

Whooa easy friend…we all dont have to agree and are allowed to have our opinions. I have been at this place and its OK but locaton is boring and outside it stinks. I prefer the Light Horse Tavern in Jersey, 100% better plus they seem to be open all of the time. yes, you are correct that folks can look for another job however I am curious if you are aware of the job market situtaion now a days ? Seriously…do you think they pay for vacation time of like you say if you dont like it leave? Just askin…… Read more »

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xxrjxx
3 years 7 months ago

Don’t deflect from answering the question–what is your problem with these people taking a vacation? You’re absolutely allowed your opinion, but you haven’t stated your case. I’m aware of the employment situation–I’m also aware that they are the business owners putting their capital at risk, not yours, and not the employees. It’s their right to do as they will, and accept the risks for doing so. It is the employees right to find another job if they don’t like it. That seems to be the crux of your argument–that because they may or may not pay wages while they’re out… Read more »

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xxrjxx
3 years 7 months ago

Not that I have any strong opinions or anything. 😯 [quote comment=”216345″]Don’t deflect from answering the question–what is your problem with these people taking a vacation? You’re absolutely allowed your opinion, but you haven’t stated your case.I’m aware of the employment situation–I’m also aware that they are the business owners putting their capital at risk, not yours, and not the employees. It’s their right to do as they will, and accept the risks for doing so. It is the employees right to find another job if they don’t like it. That seems to be the crux of your argument–that because… Read more »

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paco
3 years 7 months ago

take a chill pill willie…you seem to have issues. maybe because dinos’ closed you having some withdrawal ?. you come accross as a pompus pig. (no offense) to be perfectly clerar…you pompus pig. bye bye :mrgreen: [quote comment=”216345″]Don’t deflect from answering the question–what is your problem with these people taking a vacation? You’re absolutely allowed your opinion, but you haven’t stated your case.I’m aware of the employment situation–I’m also aware that they are the business owners putting their capital at risk, not yours, and not the employees. It’s their right to do as they will, and accept the risks for… Read more »

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xxrjxx
3 years 7 months ago

I do have issues–they’re pretty specific to arrogant people like yourself who think they can dictate how others go about their business.

But then again, if I compared your mental capacity to dynamite, you wouldn’t have enough fire power to blow your nose. You have yourself a nice life now–I’m done with you.[quote comment=”216371″]take a chill pill willie…you seem to have issues. maybe because dinos’ closed you having some withdrawal ?. you come accross as a pompus pig. (no offense)to be perfectly clerar…you pompus pig. bye bye [/quote]

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