We are dismayed that any consideration is even being given to the bizarre proposal currently being discussed for a restaurant facility at Anthem Center. This cannot be viewed as a serious business proposition by an entity desiring to operate a legitimate restaurant business and the very nature of the proposal should disqualify it on its face. SCA residents cannot be expected to subsidize the costs of such a venture and we will not support a business that is not capable of succeeding on its own. The very idea of having limited days and/or hours of operation and expecting the association to be financially obligated to undergird its financial shortfalls highlights the lack of a serious commitment or business plan and is nothing short of ludicrous. Ridiculous as it is, if that were to actually happen, the association would have to be considered a significant partner and should enjoy a share of any ongoing profit the business might generate. But the entire concept takes a road that goes far off the track and purpose of the Homeowners Association and we should avoid it like the plague. There is nothing that says we MUST have a restaurant in Anthem Center (ever) and we’ll be just fine if we NEVER have one … but making ill-fated business decisions can be severely detrimental to our community and anything that threatens our financial stability should be rejected.
Going forward, any reasonable proposal MUST be from a legitimate, reputable restaurateur who is willing to run a stand-alone business that is capable of success on its own merits. Until SCA receives a decent proposal from someone with a legitimate business plan, we will be better served for the space in Anthem Center to remain shuttered. But without a doubt, any decision of this magnitude demands a vote by the entire community.