I would like to applaud your erudite look into the continuous redevelopment of ATX, and the owners of the Roosevelt Room for exercising the fortitude and foresight to stick to their vision ["Staying Power
," News, July 12].
Reading the paragraph about the closing of Freedmen's and Cuatro Kowalski's shuttering of the business to make way for the redevelopment of the area brought back a bitter taste. I used to work part time at Freedmen's as a bartender, and his sudden decision to shutter the restaurant left a lot of us in the bad spot, made all the worse when we found out he had no intention of paying any of the staff their last check. He sure got his pot of gold, but the rest of us were SOL.
Many of us filed a TWC wage claim, but the judgment for mine was less than half what I was owed and I have no way to collect; any communication seems to have dried up on the state's end. Personally it's a bummer, but I was stoked to read about Mr. Gobis and Lavenue's desire for their business and staff to remain because they knew in their gut it was the right decision for themselves, and the city.