Bowled Restaurant, beset by financial problems, will stay open or close based on Facebook vote

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Bowled Restaurant, a neighborhood joint beset by continuing financial problems but beloved by a dedicated group of regulars, is once again using Social Media to decide it’s fate.  In stark terms, the owners of Bowled laid out their troubles:

As of 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 13th, for the remainder of 2010, full control of Bowled Restaurant will be turned over to, YOU, the Facebook Fan. In a time, with many things stacked not so much in our favor, we’ve decided that with 949 (and counting) friends, we can accomplish just about anything. We’ll figure out how to progress together and how to succeed together.

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Here’s this morning’s scenario: We are currently struggling with cash flow. Business is getting better, but we’re battling back from some pretty major economic pitfalls. Currently, the government has a hand in our pocket for back sales tax and there aren’t many food vendors smiling when they walk in. This affects our purchasing ability to a large degree. Staff has also been reduced by 40% in to save payroll.

Because of these troubles, Bowled Restaurant has now put it to a vote on Facebook whether the restaurant should stay open or close:

Taking any and all emotion out of it, should Bowled close the doors? You may ask questions to help make your decision. Majority vote will decide by 5:00 p.m. this evening.

So, should Bowled stay open or close?  Go to its Facebook page and vote.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.