Monday, June 29, 2015

Mint bankruptcy dismissed

The parties in the bankruptcy case of Mint Restaurant, LLC apparently reached an agreement as the court dismissed the debtor (Mint) today. 


Get Used To Mediocrity said...

What does 'AGRRED' mean? Not familiar with the word/term. This is a copy of a legal document, no?

Anonymous said...

I don't think this means that the parties came to an agreement. The court dismissed the bankruptcy petition, probably because the debtors were not complying with the filing for bankruptcy or paying the trustee fees. (Your previous post indicated that they had not paid the insurance and other things required to be in Chapter 11.)

Looks to me like the court said nope to allowing the debtors having the protection from creditors allowed by bankruptcy

Kingfish said...

There were other motions that were dismissed as the court stated the parties all agreed to dismiss.

Anonymous said...

Its possible he had an investor come in and save his bacon I suppose.

Anonymous said...

Mint is salvageable. If someone could come in and help revamp the place a little, it could be a profitable restaurant. It's in a prime location and the décor is good.

Anonymous said...

Mint is not going to re-open or try to survive. There are orders (including the dismissal) which lift of the stay (or in the event of the dismissal, there is no stay) so that RCP can do whatever it needs to recoup past due rent and evict Mint from the property. Going forward, it will be interesting to see how/if some of these other creditors are paid back. There will be some additional lawsuits about the debts for Mint involved in this bankruptcy.

Anonymous said...


If by decor you mean the Nawlins Strip Club Vibe complete with pistols on the bathroom door handles, then yes, it's "good".

Place never did strike me as good. Tried to eat there a few times and it was terrible. They tried to make things sound hip and posh, but they didnt go together well together(think truffle fries). Im glad a previous chef left and went on to better things in the Jackson Metro.

Anonymous said...

Buying the red chandelier from the defunct Victoria Secret might have proven to be too much bad karma

Anonymous said...

not to mention that Mint will always be known as the bar where married people go to be single.

Anonymous said...

Looks like Julep isn't doing well either. Recent bankruptcy filings for it show tax debt of $400,000, $63,000 in past due rent, and income loss of $110k in 2014.

Anonymous said...

It never occurred to us, to actually go into that place. We saw it. But nothing about the exterior acted as a 'visual cue' for us to wonder what it was, or whether anything inside was anything we might want.

Not that we liked going into 'Renaissance', in general (We don't like driving over cobblestones, and the "Ole Miss Folk-artsy" music, booming from the fake rocks in the bushes, tends to REPEL.

Anyway, after reading about the red chandelier salvaged from the underwear store at the mall, I just had to have a gander, and so found pics of the place, on TripAdvisor. The interior seems to have been as badly-designed as the strange exterior architecture.

Let's start with the outside. Watermelon (or Raspberry) Pink (the stucco color) sells sweets. It might sell drinks to ladies. It does not sell steaks. It does not sell seafood or pasta. It does not sell manly booze to manly men. Look past the always-jam-packed parking lot at Longhorn, in Madison, and you'll see the colors and visual language to which people here respond.

Watermelon/Raspberry Pink (and an Acid Green sign) are "Key 1". Most Mississippians, Black AND White, are "Key 2". So, to the subconscious 'filter' of a majority of Mississippians, Mint's colors said, about Mint, "Not for people like us. Nothing there that I'd want." Like us, they drove right past the place, without paying much attention to it. We regret having missed-out on Mint. We might have liked it. But the 'visual cues' just didn't 'cue' us to check it out.

The entrance tower/rotunda/pavilion is strange. It is structurally implausible. The big stucco 'hatbox/pillbox' sits uncomfortably atop columns too small, and to far apart, to plausibly support the weight of the mass above. It looks unstable. It does not look traditional. It belongs in Florida or Vegas, where people "Don't know how to do". It definitely is not something that would have been built during the Italian Renaissance (for starters, it would have fallen down).

As for the interior, the look says "Under-conceptualized and Under-capitalized". They tried. But it looks too exotic, too effete, too erotic - and there just wasn't enough money (nor enough design savvy) for bringing the 'aesthetic whole' to full and satisfying resolution. Plus, few of the spaces were done in colors which we associate with food and dining. It was, probably, too odd, for enough people to come to consider it "Our Place", and become regulars. In such a small metro, developing a base of 'regulars' is surely crucial for the survival of a restaurant.

Kudos for TRYING, though. Not enough people, around here, even bother to TRY.

Anonymous said...

3:32 - are you a dude? If you are, congrats on last week's Supreme Court ruling

Anonymous said...

The clientele and their swinging, spouse swapping, alcoholic, depressed spirits did that place in. Needs an exorcism before re opening that place. Yuk!

Captain Donut said...

"Revamp a little bit"?

"Nice decor"?

My wife refers to the new Longhorn in Madison as 'Canton South'.

Krystal still has the best $5 breakfast in The Metro. But you have to request the grape jelly.

Messick said...

When I lived in Memphis, the best breakfast in the Community was at Jack Pyrtle's Chicken. You get yourself a sack of biscuits and place them on the passenger seat (or get one of the kids to hold it). Then you take that quart size styrofoam cup full of gravy and put in the cup holder in the console.
Take you phone out, call your girl or whomever needs talkin' at, put 'em on speaker phone, dip those biscuits in the gravy, and just drive around all morning long. Drive to Whitehaven, Hickory Hood, Frayser, North Memphis, McLemore Avenue, the Parkways, out East (careful not to cross into Germantown cuz they will pull your ass over)... wherever you need to go.
Delicious and portable. And just when you run out of gravy, you realize it's time for lunch. That's when it's time to pull over for some wings and maybe a Dr.Pepper.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Messick, I wanted to read several pages of that. Excellent writing. Damn good story telling. Best thing I've read all week.

Anonymous said...

I hope all of YOU know that Mint didn't choose or discriminate when it came to customers. If you all have a problem with the people, give fault to the people not the restaurant. It's disgusting. If you don't have something intelligent to say, keep your mouth SHUT!

Customer Alert said...

I have seen ZERO about the customer base at Mint, 5:22. Are you off your meds or just on the wrong thread?

Anonymous said...

I'm confused. Is 5:22 saying that we should "give fault to the people", because the RESTAURANT is disgusting?

And 7:11, do you realize how much your post reveals about YOU?

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