Lunacy Black Market ….Could have been on Dill Ave. SW..except for the usual opportunism.

</strong>I wrote this piece a little more than a year ago. The usual crap has not happened, or it did, but the slum lords, served by the usual city politicians and their enforcers are still trying to put up a Rave or ‘youth’ nightclub in that location with the same outcome: chaos, violence and more chaos with out of work and hopeless youth.

Chef Luna has flown the coop, but I think he wasn’t really serious about the location, and in fact it seems he changes his plans/restaurants/ideas with the seasons. He wanted to whine to us, and he did (but the food was still delicious!) but he wouldn’t stand his ground, either.

So be it. A new idea has come about, probably much better and more in keeping with the desires of the new people here who have been working to clean up this dump of communities: A coffee house on Metropolitian and Dill..somewhere on this strip because it will be a collecting place for people to come in the mornings, bring their strollers and childern, have different pastries and coffee and just relax like any decent people who are fed up with having to go miles in all directions to sit and think over coffee/tea. A meeting ground for residents in the area to plan for more progress.

Very recently, one of the ‘mouths’ here told me that ‘black people weren’t shaped to clean up garbage around them.” Honestly. This from an apologist and a local historian who must have rocks in her head. I questioned her about this ‘shaped’ comment. Well, apparently because their parents threw diapers and trash in the street, and their grandparents did the same…they never learned NOT to do the same. What Bullshit. What expectations of people who live around you and what a fine set of excuses to let them off from the usual necessities of living in civilization. This person was white. but I heard the same damn thing from a black community politician who wanted the community to run a program to ‘teach’ black folk how to put garbage in a garbage can. This woman also wanted to contract to some company who made very pretty garbage cans at $500.00 a pop. I smell something corrupt here. LOL!

In case readers are wondering the race of these investors who want to put in this new coffee shop…well, they are black. And they are folk who haven’t had to have their hands directed by others to open the lid, put the garbage in, close the lid.

Of course, people who get offended are the first to yell “class warfare’ when taxpaying citizens get disgusted with conditions and with the ususal bullshit of the local councilpeople…and they, being black, also call these same people ‘racists’, but so what?

These same finger shakers have sat on any progressive progress for this area for decades. And they forget that class warfare comes with all colors.

Bring it on.

PS: NOTHING CAME OF THIS COFFEE SHOP ON DILL AND METROPOLITIAN (USED TO BE STEWART AVE…BUT THE LOCAL BLACK POLITICIANS CHANGED THE NAME TO METROPOLITIAN….BECAUSE THE CRIME STATS FALL OFF WITH A NAME CHANGE…HAH1 WITH NO PROGRESS OR INVESTMENT, THE CRIME STATS ARE BAD AGAIN) WHAT TO DO? KEEP SPENDING YOUR MONEY IN OTHER NEIGHBORHOODS, LIKE EAST POINT, COLLEGE PARK, EAST ATLANTA, ETC. BECAUSE AT LEAST THERE THE RESIDENTS HAVE DONE SOME GOOD WORK. HERE? PEOPLE WHINE, BUT THE LOCAL COUNCIL WOMAN IS BACKWARD, CORRUPT AND SHE’S NOT GOING TO PUSH ANYTHING THAT WILL IMPROVE THE NEIGHBORHOOD. HER IDEA AND THE CITY OF ATLANTA’S IS TO KEEP THIS HISTORICAL AREA AS OPEN TO THE RIFFRAFF (SECTION 8 AND SLUMLORDS) AS POSSIBLE. IT’S A POWER BASE ISSUE.THAT IS WHERE SHE GETS HER VOTES TO CONTINUE TO DO ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. THIS COUNCIL WOMAN LEAD THE BACKWARD CHURCH MEMBERS TO DESTROY THE PIERE ROTI MURAL THIS FALL AND IT IS ALL WE CAN EXPECT FROM HER. 4-8-13
Lady Nyo, October 25, 2012

Tonight husband and I went to Chef Paul Luna’s new restaurant in downtown Atlanta…something very different, good and so intimate.

Lunacy is located at 231 Mitchell SW, down in an older part of downtown Atlanta.  First time we have been there, and we were pleasantly surprised.  It’s more a tapas restaurant, with high ceilings, wonderful antique kimonos high on the walls, local artwork, some impressive, with a lovely and unusual decor.  Nothing of this restaurant said ‘the usual..out of the box.’

We had sauted shrimp, curried garbanzo beans,  fried sweet potatoes,  balsamic and mint pork ribs, roasted mushrooms in a red sauce…and all for under $20.00.  Amazing for anything downtown.  Amazing food for any where in Atlanta.

Chef Paul is from the Domin. Repubic, but spent time in Japan, Spain and other places where he honed his culinary skills. Each dish came out individually, barely enough to share, but there is a method in this slow-madness.  Having each dish served with a wait time of about 15 minutes between orders means you REALLY get to taste the savory spices and the dish.  Nothing is served on a large plate, all jumbled together.  A new dining experience, and one that was very pleasurable.  With each plate we tried to guess the spices and the sauces: the garbanzo beans were a delight, and the closest we could get were garlic (though very light, nothing overwhelming) a mild curry and something of basil and tomato.  Delicate but very satisfying.  The shrimp was perfect, and the four pieces of thin bread was perfect for the buttered and a bit spicy sauce.

But the best thing of the night was Chef Paul.  After mutual introductions he sat down at our small table and talked turkey.  Back in January of this year, there was a large meeting in our SW Atlanta neighborhood where Chef Paul had proposed opening a restaurant/produce section, etc. in a large building on Dill Avenue.  Unfortunately certain slumlords who were in the plans were nothing but greedy opportunists, and this wonderful plan went out the door.

The main slumlord wanted $750,000.00 for a store that wasn’t worth $200,000.  There was just about no plumbing, the electrical had to be completely redone, the walls, the floor needed to be done over, the roof leaked for years and the renovations would have been easily another $300,000.00.  At least.  This local slumlord knew all of this, but just thought he could make a fast buck.  The bastard hasn’t paid taxes on this building and is in default here.  I won’t call his name, but hopefully people here will turn a deaf ear to this moron.  Everyone knows who he is, and hopefully people will get wise in the future. He hasn’t done anything for this neighborhood except buy up property and let it go to decay.

All this information I either knew from the past tenants or talking to other local residents in the know.  And living in this area for 40 years has given me an overview of the whole situation.  Being a contractors wife also helps with the apprasial and estimates of the restoration. 

After dinner, we went to visit a local homeowner on Dill who is very involved in restoring his lovely Arts and Craft home there, and he said that this same slumlord (we noticed the painted panels over the windows…) is going to put in a ‘rap scene’.  Great…just what this area needs..more very chancey venues.  We have found when these things are in place, they are havens for criminal elements to deal drugs and there are always shootings and mayhem.  Not something for a neighorhood who is trying to attract good businesses to the area.  The at-risk youth here need something else, not another mob venue.  This always happens because things really get out of control.

Citizens, taxpayers of this area need some tar and feathers…..for the various slumlords and their schemes.

This is the usual for this area:  The corruption of politics and the city of Atlanta, PLUS the opportunism of certain local politicians, has left this area  blighted for the last 30 years.  Nothing can get off the ground with the combined toxicity of the local bigmouths and the slumlords that sit on all the progressive plans thrown out by different citizen groups.  Personally, many of us think that this area is used in such a way by these politicians and the city because it is a dumping ground for welfare, drugs, whores, renters and all sorts of flyby night institutions.  Unlicensed personal care and some rehab facilities make this area on Dill a blight.  Keeping this area in a blighted condition suits the work of the usual entitlement politicians.  Perhaps this is hard to explain to folk who don’t have such social behavior, but it’s been a long descent here in this large and now-poor area. 

 (Years ago, when I first came here and bought the Ragsdale House, an 1880’s historical house, it was a quiet little burg, with stores, a theater, hair salons, meeting places and no drugs and whores.  How it’s changed.  There was no crime to speak of back then, just old ladies with blue hair and white poodles. It was a sweet neighborhood with decent people. Now? the riffraff have taken over…oops…that’s mostly slumlords and their tenants, the drug dealers and their families.  There are still decent people here, and new ‘urban pioneers’, paying taxes, trying to keep their houses, but there is  real blight.  Not helped by the local police, either.  They have a blind eye to the usual sores. They do little to help.)

This Dill Avenue would have had Chef Paul’s Lunacy Black Market IF it hadn’t been for the selfish and greedy behavior of particular slumlords (who don’t live in the ‘hood) and some local politicians looking to make their mark and getting something from this issue.

Bah!  It’s the same ol’ same ol’ here in SW Atlanta…and people have to go farther north or east of this area to find a decent restaurant.  That’s if you don’t want McDonalds/Wendys/Popeyes Chicken and the usual out of the box with no thought to anything except fast food.

So, though we thought Chef Paul’s Lunacy a great eating spot, unusual and enjoyable, it was with a bit of sadness because we could have had this establishment here on our turf. 

We are contacting those people who will be able to ‘think outside the box’ for Dill.  People should be outraged that we lost this wonderful deal…..and when people start to think what they really have lost here…perhaps they will get mad enough to do something next time.  We have too many people here with better expectations than what we have been served. 

We deserve better and damn it…we will get better.

Lunacy Black Market, Wednesday-Sunday: 11am to 10pm…Sunday I think has earlier brunch hours….231 Mitchell Street, SW, Atlanta, Phone: 404-736-6164.  Street parking and on weekends, free parking on street.  Yahoo!

Chef Paul is on Facebook.  Contact him for information and to give your opinion on what is needed in SW Atlanta.  An intelligent and energetic fellow…with great vision for Atlanta.

Lady Nyo

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2 Responses to “Lunacy Black Market ….Could have been on Dill Ave. SW..except for the usual opportunism.”

  1. Steve E Says:

    Let me get this straight now, hmmmmm: Part of SW Atlanta area changes from illegal ‘meat market’ (street walkers, etc.) to legal Lunacy Black Market, run by–WHAT? A foreigner? hmmmm!–named LUNA?

    Lady NYO…
    I just don’t know
    all which necessary
    is for Peeps to sow
    some good seed, and then
    watch it grow!

    Sorry! Just HAD to do it–that stupid po-em, ma’am–grin!

    During 46+ years in Naples FL, I have witnessed (lived in) two ‘hoods, which were turned around (by citizens with time to meet, talk, plan, act and ‘give’) into neighborhoods. Now have great lighting, paving, painted dwellings, green lawns, palm trees and shrubs planted in newly-constructed medians, etc., etc.

    Just to let y’all know–you’re not alone. Everywhere Peeps are the same…some givers, some takers.

    We will be driving through Atlanta probably late Aug or late Sept., and I intend to stop at Chef Luna’s for dinner…PERIOD, thanks to your fine critique. And thanks to GPS!!!!

    PEACE!

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  2. ladynyo Says:

    Steve, well, stop by here….you both are a welcomed friends…and we will go to Lunancy together. Our guests. Can’t wait to see you both and bring your violin!!
    Yeah, it’s a complicated mess…but so is life…and politics… Good that you know that declining places can be revitalized. I’ve seen some of it already, mainly with the people here moving in….and some of those here who REFUSE to lie down and take the usual….

    Where there is greenery, there is hope.

    Paul Luna is a lovely person, soft spoken, gentle and boy , I feel so bad for him….he got ripped in the local politics but he’s quite the fellow. I hope we can work something out here with him…because he would be the NECESSARY shot in the arm of this area. We would help everyway we could with his vision here. He at least HAS a vision.

    LOL!

    Hugs,
    Jane

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