Mosers didn't deserve this disrespectful treatment

Published: Friday, January 19, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 18, 2007 at 11:29 p.m.
I am still upset by the disrespect shown to Lupe and Elmo Moser and the Sovereign Restaurant in recent coverage about the closing of this establishment. While the article did review the restaurant's long history downtown, I found inclusion of the quotes from the new owner that directed such personal criticism to the Mosers neither newsworthy nor commendable.
The Sovereign had a unique place in my heart and for many of my friends, as the place for the celebrations in our lives. I also saw, over many years, other people gathered for dinner together at the Sovereign to mark birthdays, weddings, graduations and new accomplishments too.
Lupe and Chef Elmo are the two reasons that dinner at the Sovereign was so wonderful an event. Lupe's always generous spirit welcomed thousands of people over those many years. Delicious food and good service were expected and delivered. I know, personally, that they were willing to go to great lengths to help families mark special occasions with their own extraordinary efforts through their very last weeks at the Sovereign.
Gainesville still has a small-town feel of tradition and neighborliness that I cherish. I mention this because it appears that the new owner does not feel obliged to act respectfully toward his neighbors. His decision to so publicly chastise the well-respected and long-time work of both Lupe and Elmo Moser is a peculiar way to launch a new business ultimately dependent on good-will for success.
If it is a break with the past the new owner wants, he shall have it. Our family traditions will not include patronizing his establishments.

Becky Dobbin,


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