Well, that was then, this is now. There are lots of other ways to get the word out, as Pete Karas, owner of the Raytown Roadhouse, well knows.
So when Pete was angered earlier this week by a Journal Times headline that kinda, sorta implied the Roadhouse, his country/western bar and restaurant on Sixth Street, was in foreclosure, and thus in danger of closing, Karas took to the internet, posting a rebuttal on Facebook.
Here's what the Journal Times headline said (it's still cached on Google):
Friday's story, by business reporter Mick Burke, began: "Property owner Jim Spodick is about to lose several Downtown parcels to foreclosure including the Raytown Roadhouse country-western bar - formerly the former Historic Century Market." In fairness, the story did say, about a third of the way down, "The foreclosure should not affect Raytown Roadhouse or owner Pete Karas." But the damage was already done, in Karas' mind.
Foreclosure hits Downtown properties, Raytown Roadhouse; property owner Spodick may save home
So Karas posted this to Facebook on Saturday:
And then Pete posted a picture of the Roadhouse's outside sign:We are NOT closing!
You may have read the Journal Times today where they make it appear that Raytown Roadhouse is closing. The building owner is in foreclosure, but Raytown Roadhouse, owned by Pete Karas, is staying open as is.
We're disappointed in the second-rate journalism of the Journal Times and reporter Mick Burke. We are looking into legal remedies and have cancelled all advertising with our local two-bit newspaper.
If you have an event booked at Raytown, rest assured we will be here for you!
On Sunday, the Journal Times printed a story atop its Local section front, (ironically, right next to Burke's moving "Daddy Talk" column about his daughter, a Special Olympics athlete) with a much-too-big headline proclaiming:
The unbylined story begins, "Raytown Roadhouse is open as usual, contrary to what people may presume from the pending foreclosure of the property..."
Raytown Roadhouse open and doing well, owner says
The JT has even rewritten history, changing the headline on the web version of its Friday story to:
So maybe Mick is welcome once again at the Roadhouse. (Although if I were in his boots, I wouldn't try riding the mechanical bull just yet. I hear they hold a grudge for a long time.)
Foreclosure hits Downtown properties; Raytown Roadhouse to remain open