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?

32 Responses

  1. Punisher3000 says:

    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:

    • pmpersiani says:

      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 in the area. Disappointing. I guess I should switch over to the low carb life. [/quote]

    • Frankydave says:

      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 carb life. [/quote]

  2. animal_lover says:

    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.

    • mooshu says:

      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]

  3. paco says:

    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.

    • nbm3 says:

      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 the place next door instead.[/quote]

    • briank says:

      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 our allotted vacation every year? Why so judgmental? Geez. I join the other commenters when I say enjoy the vacation.
      [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 the place next door instead.[/quote]

  4. whineanddineinhob says:

    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.

  5. paco says:

    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.

    • briank says:

      “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 life and purhaps learn how to cook so not to depend on restuarnts 24X7.[/quote]

      • paco says:

        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]

    • xxrjxx says:

      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 is preventing them looking for another job. So again–what’s your problem? [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 life and purhaps learn how to cook so not to depend on restuarnts 24X7.[/quote]

      • paco says:

        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… :) [quote comment=”216343″]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 is preventing them looking for another job. So again–what’s your problem?[/quote]

      • xxrjxx says:

        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 on vacation, they shouldn’t have the right to take vacation. Conversely, that they should pay the employees while they’re out on vacation.

        I would find either one of those arguments pathetic. That said, you still haven’t stated your case. Either way, feel free to give your business to the Light Horse: I have no problem with that, and I’m sure the owners here have no problem with it either.

        To be clear, what I do have a problem with, is you trying to dictate when, how, if, these people should be allowed to take a vacation. This is the same kind of thought process I hear from “Occupiers” and other ill-informed/entitled members of our society, which is why I’m reacting to your comments. I find the thought process inherent in these arguments to be ridiculous. [quote comment=”216344″]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… [/quote]

      • xxrjxx says:

        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 they may or may not pay wages while they’re out on vacation, they shouldn’t have the right to take vacation. Conversely, that they should pay the employees while they’re out on vacation.I would find either one of those arguments pathetic. That said, you still haven’t stated your case. Either way, feel free to give your business to the Light Horse: I have no problem with that, and I’m sure the owners here have no problem with it either.To be clear, what I do have a problem with, is you trying to dictate when, how, if, these people should be allowed to take a vacation. This is the same kind of thought process I hear from “Occupiers” and other ill-informed/entitled members of our society, which is why I’m reacting to your comments. I find the thought process inherent in these arguments to be ridiculous.[/quote]

      • paco says:

        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 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 on vacation, they shouldn’t have the right to take vacation. Conversely, that they should pay the employees while they’re out on vacation.I would find either one of those arguments pathetic. That said, you still haven’t stated your case. Either way, feel free to give your business to the Light Horse: I have no problem with that, and I’m sure the owners here have no problem with it either.To be clear, what I do have a problem with, is you trying to dictate when, how, if, these people should be allowed to take a vacation. This is the same kind of thought process I hear from “Occupiers” and other ill-informed/entitled members of our society, which is why I’m reacting to your comments. I find the thought process inherent in these arguments to be ridiculous.[/quote]

      • xxrjxx says:

        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]

  6. escaped68 says:

    There is another possibility,it might be a combination vacation and time to do some improvements. It is so easier to do any painting and major cleaning when the place is closed for a week or two.

  7. mooshu says:

    Yeah, I don’t know if I’d worry about the waitstaff– some members have been there a really long time, and I can’t imagine it’s due to awful working conditions.

    Also, I’m sure they rake in good tips.

  8. showme789 says:

    The problem with America lately is that people feel guilty about taking time off for vacations, etc. Dino and Harry’s is a great place and if they want to take the time off to re-charge, enjoy time with their families and friends, the God Bless them and I hope they have a great time. I look forward to when they re-open, but in the meantime, I’ll survive and wait for a great meal when they get back. I think more people need to learn how to take a much needed break. Perhaps if they did, they wouldn’t be so uptight about seeing others enjoying life.

  9. abc12345 says:

    Why no mention of Lisa’s closing for a week? They’ve closed for a week each summer every year since I moved here in 2007.

    • hoboken411 says:

      I’ve mentioned other Italian delis like Biancamano’s…. Guess it’s a bit different with a single-chef or family-owned deli vs. a larger kitchen with multiple chefs and larger staff, management, etc.

      • joey maxim says:

        amazing,how so many eaterys can close for vacation long periods of time with the high
        rent on the main st aka washington st..The best is every time Biamcamano’s comes back
        from Italy or a cruise,their prices increase…still good food ..[quote comment=”216837″]I’ve mentioned other Italian delis like Biancamano’s…. Guess it’s a bit different with a single-chef or family-owned deli vs. a larger kitchen with multiple chefs and larger staff, management, etc.[/quote]

      • nbm3 says:

        Not sure if you go shopping or what rock you live under, but the price of food over the past 2-3 years has skyrocketed. whether is gas related, droughts, etc…. I’m sure they get affected even more. They must somehow continue to offer you those tasty sandwhiches.[quote comment=”216843″]amazing,how so many eaterys can close for vacation long periods of time with the high rent on the main st aka washington st..The best is every time Biamcamano’s comes back from Italy or a cruise,their prices increase…still good food ..[/quote]

      • joey maxim says:

        nbm3…yeah your right…matter of opinion and choice..notice the gas prices,jumped 35 or more cents in a month..labor day is near.I was aluding to price increases after every vacation..The food is great regardless. droughts are in the mid west. corn is grown here
        in jersey..tomatos jersey and long island. Its about opinion and nothing else.the focus was about at least 6 or more vacations a year and well deserved. food is still great.[quote comment=”216863″]Not sure if you go shopping or what rock you live under, but the price of food over the past 2-3 years has skyrocketed. whether is gas related, droughts, etc…. I’m sure they get affected even more. They must somehow continue to offer you those tasty sandwhiches.[/quote]

  10. paco says:

    HOW DARE THEY ! HA HA, Hey baby whatever fl 😮 oats your boat. I bet they have an all you can eat special just as soon as they get back from Belmar. Enjoy …

    • joey maxim says:

      hey pac..i have to say lisas on park ave is better and the mutz best fiories…just my opinion..even though frank raises the price at bincamianos must admit u need fork lift to take the sandwiches out..notice all the Pa police go there..my favorate is lisas that has an large menu and meat balls are not bread balls..matter of choice… 😀 [quote comment=”216846″]HOW DARE THEY ! HA HA, Hey baby whatever fl oats your boat. I bet they have an all you can eat special just as soon as they get back from Belmar. Enjoy …[/quote]

  11. jmelly says:

    of course everyone deserves a vacation every now and then!

  12. paco says:

    It should be some law that no resturant shall close for any reason unless otherwise noted and agreed to at he first council meeting held on the first tueday for months that only begin with a vowell or if the moon is full. how dare they. my appetite dont take a vaction

    • MidnightRacer says:

      We always used

      Closed For Remodeling
      Will Reopen (DATE)

      When we returned, we moved some tables around and straightened the pictures.[quote comment=”216900″]It should be some law that no resturant shall close for any reason unless otherwise noted and agreed to at he first council meeting held on the first tueday for months that only begin with a vowell or if the moon is full. how dare they. my appetite dont take a vaction[/quote]

  13. happyfurball says:

    Maru still has paper on the windows.

    The the sign says
    “VACATION – Reopen Sep 30″

    Today is October 5…….

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