Did you read this story? About how Rockin Rudy’s can’t sell those truffles anymore without some sink the owner would have to pay $30,000 for?
That’s a lot of truffles.
Who shut down the chocolate? The Missoula City-County Health Department.
People talk about creating a business friendly environment here, but whose job is it to take care of these littler things? I don’t think something like this sink rule is big enough for the Missoula Economic Partnership to take on.
Here’s Rudy’s owner Bruce Micklus on the cocoa freeze:
The truffles previously sold for $2.25, and Trenkle said she may drop the price to move them quickly. The store sold about 2,000 truffles in August, and Micklus said an average month would likely top $1,500.
“It’s not a huge amount of money, but it’s hard out there right now,” he said. “The idea of getting rid of something that sells sort of irritates me. Especially when it’s just ridiculous.”
You’d think the Missoula City Council or Board of County Commissioners could do something. Some of those rules aren’t locally created, but there’s always work-arounds, and members of both those bodies sit on the Health Department board.
OK, next subject. Ross Best dropped his ballpark lawsuit. But it’s partly ’cause he has other priorities, and I’ll be keeping tabs on whether any of them intersect with city government.
Here’s his full email about withdrawing the case: Continue reading