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Jan 22, 2014 06:04 PM

Blimpy Burger (Ann Arbor) update

So the family that owns Blimpy Burgers is hoping to reopen (in spring?). They are crowdsourcing to help with start-up costs.
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  1. I hope this fails...*badly*. Raising funds like this is something that should be done by startup businesses, independent inventors or producers, charitable endeavors, and the like. A longstanding, very profitable, established entity has *no business* going around with hat in hand, wanting charity to start out in a new location. I don't see them offering up profit-sharing to their investors (which is *precisely* what they're asking for...), so it reeks of bad faith when they come around looking for a free handout. I'm sure there are tax subsidies available to them if they do work and research, but I hope people see this for exactly what it is: shameless pandering by a profitable business looking for a new place.

    They should be extremely ashamed of themselves for even having the thought, much less the application to actually do this. Very poor form.

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    1. re: boagman

      I have to agree somewhat. I don't want them to fail, but I absolutely hate they have a kickstarter (or whatever). What the hell is wrong with a small business loan?

      I've gotten updates from them through various social media and it just makes me feel more disgusted each time. They had a terrific product, but their behavior now completely undermines that. I get the feeling it is a younger generation, owner's daughter maybe, who is driving this. I'll go to blimpy's when they open, but I'm afraid their "begging" will leave a bad taste in my mouth that will prevent me from enjoying the new incarnation.

      1. re: charlesbois

        Upon hearing this, I wont be going. Will take my business elsewhere.

    2. I agree with both comments before this one.

      1. a long established business.
        it makes no sense they couldn't get a loan from local bank or investors.
        it was cash only so that makes one wonder...

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        1. re: Michigan Mishuganer

          > it was cash only so that makes one wonder ...


          Their whole crowd-sourced funding initiative, smells.

        2. I miss the mixed fried veggies. That's all I'm saying.

          1. Did anyone else besides me happen to catch the portion of the text wherein it's noted that, unlike many other crowd sourcing fundraising efforts, *all* funds will be awarded at the end of the allotted time, whether they reach their goal or not? That's just very, *very* slimy. Somebody ought to forward this on to a news agency or four. Very bad form.

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            1. re: boagman

              the "updates" part of the webpage says something about maybe 1/2 the money going to the HSHV.

              1. re: boagman

                Woah that's pretty sketchy actually. So even if they don't open a burger joint they get to keep your money and go on a vacation???

                1. re: Elyssa

                  Yeah, that's what bugs me. I have no problem with people preselling meals to supporters as Lunch Room did. But this is not cool when there's still no set location.