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MFAC on Eviction: "Nothing Against GotChef"

"I'm sure they have good food," said Dolores Hannon, Milford Fine Arts Council Board of Directors President, regarding GotChef.

 

, news that upset many commuters who'd grown to love the popular food truck. 

Milford Patch users expressed a near-unanimous wish for the decision to be reversed.  most succinctly expressed this consensus, writing in comments section: "BRING IT BACK." 

The Milford Fine Arts Council

There was initially some mystery as to who'd made the decision to evict , but Milford Patch users broke that news, with  writing, "It was the Fine Arts Council" at 8:15 a.m. 

Yesterday afternoon, Board of Directors President Dolores Hannon spoke to the issue.

"The board is going through a lot of changes right now," Hannon said. "We don't need anything else to be connected to our building."

Hannon explained that GotChef had been paying the Arts Council a monthly fee to use the space. "They had to use our water," Hannon said. "It's an aging building."

Hannon went on to say that the MFAC "needs the building for the least amount of excess use."

Hannon expressed concern about the building's furnace and roof, mentioning that GotChef "had to drill a hole."

"Joe [Rubin, co-owner of GotChef] had offered to do other things" to keep GotChef at the Milford Train Station, Hannon explained, but the MFAC wouldn't negotiate with him.

"We have nothing against GotChef," Hannon said. "I'm sure they have good food." 

GotChef: Moving On

Joe Rubin meanwhile, reached out to fans yesterday, writing in the Patch comments section about the MFAC's decision: "I hold no grudge. They need to do what is best for them, and we wish them the best of luck."

Rubin wrote, "Fortunately our business is on Wheels! I'm sure we'll figure something out."

"We love you guys - This is a great town," Rubin added. "We loved cooking for you and look forward to doing it again soon!"

 

PK June 29, 2012 at 11:30 AM
John; Re your statement above "what are the MFAC doing in the station anyway", a little history might be in order. MFAC rescued the Milford train station from oblivion. It was a derelict, decaying building in the 70's & 80's and the MFAC housed in a tiny room at the top of the Taylor building needed more room. It took a dedicated bunch of members to go through all the stages of raising money, jumping through hoops with different state agencies and the DOT to get permission to renovate the building as an Arts Center. The whole process took many years and countless hours of volunteer time to get the beautiful Arts Center we have today. Ray Oliver a local architect designed the interior and oversaw the renovation. MFAC members, and Bill Meddick the director all donated time and money to the project. Personally think that the renovation of the station building encouraged others to continue the renovation and beautification that continued downtown. So to answer your question that is what the MFAC is doing in the building, and it would take too long to list all countless programs that have come from MFAC over the years and now that benefit the Milford community.
Concerned Parent June 29, 2012 at 05:53 PM
There was an obvious decision made by the MFAC to remove GotChef, whether it was based on aesthetics, building structure concerns, or money really isn't known for sure. Will this exercise in voicing our views on the subject really make an impact to their decision. I'm unsure, but it's obvious that GotChef has impacted some members of the community to prompt some of the responses on this thread.
arkay June 29, 2012 at 06:50 PM
One of the best food trucks in the state, next to maybe the Caseus Cheese Truck.
KC June 29, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Whatever. MFAC is entitled to run their business. I think less of the organization now. MFAC should clear the air. GotChef is appreciated by the community, as the MFAC is. They are both kinda unique, right? I would support any other business that let GotChef set up shop in a downtown location.
Colleen July 01, 2012 at 03:53 AM
That's too bad.

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