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Re: [linux-85] Austin Linux Meetup Venue Change

From: JT
Sent on: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 3:10 PM
Bob, et al.,

Well, I mentioned the Monkey 
Nest(http://www.monkey...­) cafe on Burnet last 
night and just wanted to let you know that I put in a call to them.  
While their fine reserve room is available on first Monday nights in the 
foreseeable future(they only allow reservations four months at a time -- 
at least until a group proves stable, I suspect), they have instituted a 
flat fee charge of $25/hr for the room.  Apparently this is a recent 
change from essentially requiring that people buy that much in 
goods(each hour, I presume).  Any food/drink we would order *would not* 
count towards the room fee.

So, on the face of it, this seems like a no go for the group.  I thought 
it worthwhile to share the usage requirements though as other potential 
locations are shopped.  I am somewhat tempted to try and negotiate the 
terms -- perhaps allowing our relatively stable group to reserve under 
the old rules.

Or maybe not...  just found the URL I included above and realize I did 
not discuss max occupancy of the room.  I've seen many more than 20 
people in that room before but perhaps that's a new rule too...

File this under useless location research.


On 09/03/[masked]:13 AM, Bob Carnaghi wrote:
> Folks:
> It is with remorse that I must announce that we will no longer be
> meeting at the Pizza Bistro. When I arrived for the Meetup last night, I
> was informed that our recurring use of the meeting space was terminated.
> Having been given no warning by the Bistro of this action, I have
> canceled our future meetups until we can huddle and reconfigure our
> settings.
> I'd like to not act hastily in the search for a new meeting space. We've
> always met in North Austin, and our regular First Monday meetings are
> coordinated with the PHP & MySQL meetups. Therefore, those elements need
> to remain in place. We've also done much better to stay out of the "bar
> mentality", beer and food seem to be compatible with our membership.
> I've received several suggestions, but I don't have an abundance of time
> to visit them and negotiate an agreement. Also, I hope to keep the
> meetings free, as they always have been. If anyone has suggestions,
> please send them through the website, or post on the website bulletin
> board.
> In summary, we've grown tremendously over the last few years. I hope the
> trend will continue. I appreciate your patience as we negotiate this
> bump in the road. Thank you very much.
> Bob Carnaghi
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