Dan's Hamburgers has posted an open letter castigating the city of Austin for over-regulating small businesses like theirs. Dan's recently remodeled their Manchaca location, and the letter details the process of navigating the permitting process. It closes by saying:
Never again as a small business could we afford to remodel in Austin. The added expense of the additional building, engineering, architectural and city fees was cost prohibitive . . . Keeping Austin Local is getting harder and harder. Dan's is an Austin original and not a reincarnated California dream.The letter was tweeted by user cremagrande; check out the full text, in picture form, below.
Update! The Austin Business Journal spoke with Dan's president and letter writer Katie Congdon who says she will "never never never" build in Austin again.