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Some advice for BayWalk, keeping tabs on waiters

BayWalk isn't going away, despite complaints about too many teens, but where it's headed remains to be seen.

What's needed is a change in the retail/restaurant mix. Some will scream blasphemy, but a popular chain could help just like Hooter's has helped Channelside. With downtown St. Pete thriving, relatively speaking in this economy, BayWalk has too much potential to be ignored. ...

Speaking of chains, I went to Applebee's the other night and discovered ESP, a wireless system that allows diners to page their servers whenever they have a need, be it a refill, extra napkins or more cheese.

The system also allows the kitchen to buzz a watch-like wrist band servers wear when meals are ready. It's a little Orwellian. The manager can track how long it took a server to first greet customers and how many times he had to be buzzed. But it appears to be the wave of the future. ...

Ben Wacksman and Don Wallace have partnered to bring new life to the Bay Harbour Hotel on the Courtney Campbell Parkway. Although plans to convert the hotel into the area's first Ritz-Carlton were shelved, rooms have been renovated and Crabby Bill's remains a popular spot for diners in cars and boats. ...

Seen on a bumper sticker: My mother doesn't just enjoy guilt trips, she runs the travel agency. ...

Kudos to Tampa Bay Tech, which led the entire Hillsborough school district with a graduation rate of 96.14 percent. ...

I keep waiting for Congress to talk of bailing out the newspaper industry. Politicians might rather pay us to go away. Of course, that comment will only increase the snide remarks in the comment section of this column.

That's all I'm saying.

Some advice for BayWalk, keeping tabs on waiters 11/23/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 26, 2008 12:20pm]
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