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What Business Could Replace Slocum House?

Locals voice their opinion on community issues.

Following the sudden closure of one of Fair Oaks' premiere eateries, , the question of what would replace the popular business has been a topic of oft discussion.

We grabbed the camera and asked locals what they think would be a good fit for the vacated area.

Alf Tanner. April 27, 2011 at 09:58 PM
Slocum House was a crappy restaurant with bad service, bad food and for your $30 dollar french entree you expect more. What should be replaced and put in there? Why a Mikuni's, of course!
Ann E Erbeznik April 28, 2011 at 02:53 PM
As a neighbor and frequent customer, we were sad to see the restaurant close. The most recent owner/manager had not maintained the standards we had come to know as our favorite dining locale. The setting is delightful, minus the roaming fowl, and another dining establishment would suit us just fine.
Bob April 28, 2011 at 04:18 PM
Maybe another restuarant that could reflect the Fair Oaks atmosphere and lifestyle or a casual board and breakfast. Something reasonable that could attract the neighbors and visitors during these stressful economic times. A new business would also attract business for other businesses in the area. As for the wandering foul they have been a primary part of the Fair Oaks scene for decades and are here to stay thanks to the efforts of a majority of the community. They are part of the overall personality of the area and a delight to the children in general.
Joshua Staab (Editor) April 28, 2011 at 06:27 PM
Thanks for the feedback, Ann. Do you think the new business should keep the chickens presence there or is it kind of a foregone conclusion at this point?
Joshua Staab (Editor) April 28, 2011 at 06:28 PM
Interesting idea, Raul. When I spoke with Taro last month about business he mentioned opening a new Roseville restaurant. Perhaps the Fair Oaks location could use an update too. What advice would you have for a new Fair Oaks Mikuni?
Joshua Staab (Editor) April 28, 2011 at 06:31 PM
It's a valid point, Bob. Do you think the Village could do anything more, though, to attract a younger demographic or do you think it does a good job of that already? By virtue of that, too, is that something The Village requires anyway?
phil April 28, 2011 at 06:37 PM
we enjoyed eating there over the years & both our kids worked there when they were teens.Sorry to hear of the closing! another restaurant would be nice,however the kitchen is sooooooo small to work in.YES, the chickens should stay! We love our village/park~just not another salon~
Bob April 28, 2011 at 07:56 PM
Why not have whoever is handling the transition to something else get together with the neighboring businesses and people living close by so they can offer tips and suggestions since they have to live there. As for the chickens it is part of why people come to Fair Oaks. The small community atmosphere around the park, free parking, and good food at reasonable prices is a nice draw. Kids getting to see chickens other than on the dinner table and being able to feed them is great. It also would not hurt to increase activity a little at the park in the way of community fairs, events, farmer's market, etc to promote the area. You have a stage at the park why not use it? I consider the park and the area surrounding the park a small haven of sanity in a larger out of control community. And believe it or not you do have lower speeds around the park because people avoid hitting those chickens since they know the park area community values them. It is a great place that just needs a little fine tuning and suuport. Help make whatever replaces Slocum House the best business that has ever been there.
Ann E Erbeznik April 29, 2011 at 12:14 AM
It appears the chickens can be a very sensitive subject the folks who drop by the area. They love them. I know they are here now, but haven't always been. I find chickens pecking at my feet while I am eating to be gross... but if others like it, good for them! Slocum House used to be the best food around. I want the best food around to be right back here, in my backyard. You're not going to get controversy here...but that was a good try. I like this local news...keep it up!
Joshua Staab (Editor) April 29, 2011 at 12:23 AM
Thanks for the feedback, Ann. It definitely seems to be a sensitive subject for Fair Oaks locals. Thanks for the kind words, too. We'll definitely continue to provide the most comprehensive news for the community. And don't worry about trying to stir controversy, either. That wasn't the intention of my question, but more to get a better understanding of what people in the community are thinking. Thanks again!
Bob April 29, 2011 at 02:07 AM
I did not mean to start anything on the chicken issue since I have never had them pester me whenever I had eaten at places around the park. They could be a sanitation issue for sure for any restaurant and I agree with Ann for her comments and a desire to eat in peace and enjoy the atmosphere. Maybe the next busboy will find part of his duties being the use of a broom to shoo birds away from tables. I do hope that a restaurant will be the next business and the charm and grace of the area maintained.
Ann E Erbeznik April 29, 2011 at 03:16 AM
Well said, now let's all have a fine time this weekend at the good old Fiesta Days. :)
Jim September 22, 2011 at 04:18 PM
My wife and I loved Slocum house, it was our choice for special occasions, yesterday was our anniversary(26 years) and were sad that we could not go to our favorite place. I see the uniqueness/history of the chickens in the area but when you see them roosting in the trees above the courtyard tables and realize they defecate frequently(from above) which is one issue. What seals it for me is when we had brunch there and had a chicken jump on our table and started eating my wife's eggs!.
Teresa Ragsdale September 28, 2011 at 04:31 PM
Hopefully another fine dining restaurant...just not another Salon...ugh!!!

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