Well I guess this is it, the end of Beachroots. The mayor is firm in his decision to close down Mango Square due to blatant violations of building rules and more. There’s the so called lewd dancing by almost naked ladies in one of the bars. There’s the brawling and throwing of bottles by drunken party goers. There’s the selling of alcohol to minors. Added to it are the sexual activities and prostitution attached to the place.
A lot of parents, teachers and students from the nearby school complained and now even the cardinal has entered into the scene requesting to close down these beer joints. And I agree with all their allegations coz I have been a witness to what the place has become --- it has become a HELL!(check my previous posts)
But my heart goes to those beer joint owners who may still be starting the business and is yet to get the returns of their investments. I'm sure, like us in Beachroots, they have invested time, money and effort to put up the business. They might have given up a lot of things --- time with family, could be their previous jobs or maybe some of them made utang to put up a capital. I know of one owner who brought in his entire family from Manila just to put the business. They know nobody in Cebu except some of my partners. My heart goes to the employees of these beer joints who could possibly lose their jobs. I could almost feel the anxiety that our own employees at Beachroots are feeling right now.
We're moving closer to uncertainty...I don't know what's the plan B for Beachroots as well as the rest of the beer joints. They've been holding several meetings etc.. but I'm pretty sure nothing will ever change the mayor's mind. I'm also sure that Mango Square wouldn't give up their big tenants (including my employer) inside the mall and wouldn't mind sacrificing these small establishments outside the mall.
So, enough has been said...let's just wait and see what the outcome would be. It has been a hell of events these past few days. My boss has been greatly involved in the Mango Square issue and it has been tremendously draining for all of us. Our big bosses from the US flew in today just to make sure there's business continuity and that we're not moving our entire facility elsewhere. But we've beem preparing for the worst.
I'm just wondering if Beachroots is ready...or is it just "Closing Time" for now?
Rooters will definitely miss these.....