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So long, Hurricane Kate’s

Friday dinner marked the last night of Hurricane Kate’s, the Old Town Eureka restaurant that hosted good food, nice ambiance, and an occasional public outburst by local bigwig Rob Arkley.

Hurricane Arkley was most likely to strike the Thursday lunch rush, according to legend.  It was one such Thursday that then City Councilman Jeff Leonard’s mid-day meal was peppered with spittle as Arkley screamed “you’re worthless!” while scolding him for failing to be a pawn to a greater extent than he already was (by killing the master plan for the Balloon Track, for example).  Some local figures even avoided the restaurant on the day of Thor to bypass potential tantrums.

Kate’s was also where Arkley’s blogging aspirations were launched when he whipped out his cell phone one afternoon to snap a pic of his arch rival Bill Pierson lunching with Peter Douglas of the Coastal Commission.  “A-ha!” thought he.  “Now everyone will know the people I hate dare talk with each other in a civilized manner.”  The blurry image later made its way to the Humboldt blogosphere and angels rained from the heavens.

But back to the episode with Leonard, it’s a wonder how far we’ve come since the days when Arkley had assaulted — verbally or otherwise — a majority of sitting Eureka City Council members.  Now, with last year’s election of the Arkleyville slate, he has a fawning bunch of fan boys (and girls) at his disposal and look how much Eureka has improved!  No Balloon Track clean-up, another empty store front in Old Town, and nothing on the horizon but WalMart.

Fundamentalist Republican hugs!

  1. Anonymous
    December 24, 2011 at 12:45 am

    Occupy Arkley?

  2. December 24, 2011 at 12:47 am

    Here’s a thought… Why didn’t the “Occupy” folks sit outside Arkley’s offices? I think that would have been a far more effective occupation; all things considered…

  3. Anon
    December 24, 2011 at 7:07 am

    Here is a quote from Rose’s coffee shop blog, post titled, Merry Christmas everyone!”

    Many of the people who seek to impose their concept of “change” upon us, and limit our God given rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are the same people who seek to take the “Christ” out of Christmas, and drive God out of our lives. I wonder how many of them will spend the coming Christmas holiday with friends and family anyway, ignoring the reason for the season, and exchanging their gifts and good cheer, without giving a single thought to what it all means? I certainly hope they enjoy themselves. They will be doing it at our expense …


  4. AnonYmous
    December 24, 2011 at 7:21 am

    Rob’s had a really tough year financially.

    Why don’t all you progs lay off him till the new year? It’s Christmas time for christ’s sake!

  5. Decline To State
    December 24, 2011 at 8:02 am

    Not to mention the amazing turnaround in EPD’s attitude and performance since Arkley and his minions have had their way with the City of Eureka. Makes one yearn for the “bad old days.”

  6. Plain Jane
    December 24, 2011 at 8:03 am

    Like the majority in the right wing, Rose knows nothing of which she whines. Humans were celebrating a winter holiday with decorated trees and gifts for thousands of years BC.. The Catholic Church co-opted it because people refused to give it up. The same is true of Easter and Halloween. Creating Christ myths that coincide with well established pagan holidays (Yule, Eastre and Samhain) and then claiming them as “the reason for the season” would be embarrassing to anyone with intellectual honesty. Highly successful big lies are still ;big lies no matter how many ignorant people believe them.

  7. just middle class
    December 24, 2011 at 8:11 am

    You should really get over your Arkley thing.

  8. Mark
    December 24, 2011 at 8:15 am

    I’m sure the employees of Kate’s who lost their jobs 2 days before Christmas appreciate that your main point with the story is to bring up the same old tired Arkley stories from years ago…..try showing some compassion, rather than using this unfortunate event as an easy way to stoke up and pander to the Arkley haters. I don’t agree w/ his politics at all, but the guy financed the remodel of the Vance hotel, which happens to be right next door, as well as the Sweasey Theater, among many other local projects. How many other individuals in this town can say that? Where’s Bill Pierson’s money being reinvested into this town after DECADES of collecting profits from us for premium priced foreign made products?

  9. stocking stuffer
    December 24, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Check out the Coffee Shop blog.

    Nothing portrays pious Christians celebrating the Prince of Peace like a cartoon of a woman’s ass with a gun under her belt.

    Real classy, Rose.


  10. Richard
    December 24, 2011 at 8:31 am

    I’m sorry to hear that Rose is still spewing her hatred. I thought maybe she’d left town or otherwise moved on. I wonder if she’s spent any time obsessing on the former Del Norte DA?

    As to the assault on X-mas:

    …as [Jon] Stewart pointed out, the founders of our nation were hardly what you might describe as full of holiday cheer. The Pilgrims actually fined people for saying “Merry Christmas,” while Congress used to meet regularly on the holiday. “When the country was founded, Congress had exactly the same attitude about the sanctity of Christmas celebrations that a 7-Eleven does today: Yeah, we’re open,” Stewart quipped.

    He also claimed that, if there has been a war, then Christmas is the aggressor. “Right now every public space in the country looks like it got hit with a 500-pound tinsel bomb. The White House looks like a yuletide episode of ‘Hoarders,'” he joked.


    Best holiday wishes to you and yours,

  11. High Finance
    December 24, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Only Heraldo and his sycophants would turn the sad story of Hurricane Kate’s closing into yet another anti Arkley rant.

    Your obsession with Arkley is SICK !

  12. Smoking Dung
    December 24, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Arkley didn’t remodel the Sweasey theatre.

    It was gifted to him by David Tyson. It was a gift from the taxpayers. The taxpayers paid $6,000,000 for the Daly complex. Arkley bought it from Tyson for $350,000. Arkley didn’t even submit the highest bid.

    Right in front of your eyes……..

  13. just middle class
    December 24, 2011 at 9:10 am

    And on we go with the anti-Arkley stuff, why don’t you just let it go. Have a merry Christmas, but for PJ, have a happy holiday.

  14. Plain Jane
    December 24, 2011 at 9:25 am

    I don’t have a problem with people saying Merry Christmas (Happy Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Yule, etc), JMC. I am offended by people falsely claiming a holiday as their own with the right to tell other people how or if they should celebrate it. “The reason for the season” is the human need to celebrate in the dead of winter, with or without the justification of religious myths. Joyous Yule to all.

  15. walt
    December 24, 2011 at 9:44 am

    So if we all had tanning boxes we could skip Black Friday altogether? And what about Festivus, PJ?

  16. Anonymous
    December 24, 2011 at 9:48 am

    PJ I hope you have the happy hoiday/merry Christmas htat you deserve

    Here we go again with the Arkley stuff. Give it up Larry, you lost.

  17. December 24, 2011 at 9:53 am

    Yes, the obsession with Arkley must stop! An obsession with Bonnie Neely, of course, is not a problem.

  18. Plain Jane
    December 24, 2011 at 9:59 am

    How could I forget Festivus? The best thing about Festivus is your stripper pole can do double duty. :-D

  19. What Now
    December 24, 2011 at 9:59 am

    Great article.Heraldo.
    Ignore the whining and snivelling pork eaters-they can’t even name by memory the books of their “sacred’ text.

  20. Percy
    December 24, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Sure glad we have freedom of religion here. Seems like some people that believe in their sky father think they’re a little special though.

  21. Percy
    December 24, 2011 at 10:10 am

    Hey Heraldo, I know we’re in a bit of a drought and all, but that’s not a reason to not have the snow flakes…..

  22. anon
    December 24, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Maybe the employees from Hurricane Kates can get jobs at Walmart.

  23. Mitch
    December 24, 2011 at 10:44 am

    It’s a shame that Hurricane Kate’s is closing. It had a nice atmosphere, and you could spend a lot or get away with a pizza for not all that much. I hope their employees will be able to get other jobs.

    8:56 offers an interesting factoid. I wonder if it’s true. Maybe it’s a discussion that could be put off until well after our Super Solstice Sellabration is over.

  24. anon cuz I know better
    December 24, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Rob’s Fairhaven Port,
    Bill’s railroad land scheme, enter
    a Bohn for the Soup


  25. Anonymous
    December 24, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    I eat out regularly, (2-3 X ) a month, I want a good meal and will pay for it. Kates did not have the consistency I expect, decent meals a couple of times, kind of funky fish once, yesterdays crab once and that was it for me. Sorry they closed but if you are relying on people with disposable income to frequent your establishment, it better be good.

    So far Oberon has not let me down I like the Lookingglass (People should eat there, off the beaten path but always excellent and often empty (yikes)), carter house is usually great but sheeeeeett, $68 discovery plate, ouch, but I would throw a total fit all over the blog if I heard the Waterfront was closing.

  26. anon cuz I know better
    December 24, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    yeah yeah snowflakes

  27. Anonymous
    December 24, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Kate’s was wonderful. I ate there frequently, and will miss them all. Even the last week, the staff hung in there, gave excellent service and food, and it was nice they were busy. They will be missed in this community.

  28. Anonymous
    December 24, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    no mention of Rob’s annual party here?

  29. Anonymous
    December 24, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    I’ve seen Rob boozin’ it up at Avalon many more times than Kate’s

  30. Anonymous
    December 24, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Commercial rents are way way way too expensive everywhere. How can independent businesses compete with corporate national (stock) funded enterprise? How much did Hurricane Kate’s have to pay in rent every month? At this rate, Old Town is going to become like all the strip mall ready-made “villas” as seen dominating the bay area already, with cold stone creameries and quiznos and baja fresh and discovery kingdoms and welcome to franchise city.

  31. Choo Choo
    December 24, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    Kates sucked. Pretentious and over-rated. Marginally better under the previous owner. Frankly, I’m surprised they lasted as long as they did. Staff was a freakshow and service was uninspired. Hopefully someone with a better feel for the local market will fill the void. Never like to see a locally owned business fail and jobs lost, but no surprise this one went belly up. Hopefully their local vendors don’t get stiffed for outstanding receivables.
    Hey, good news though, Shamus is coming and will be a popular destination for locals and visitors. And they don’t believe in over-priced supermodel portions served by clown college dropouts.

  32. Anonymous
    December 24, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    What a jerk you are, Choo. The owner of Kate’s was a hard working person and had trained her staff well. Owning a restaurant is a struggle and rent is high. I always enjoyed it there. Support your locals and quit being so critical.

  33. Anonymous
    December 24, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    Whatevah, I’m down with shamus!

  34. Anonymous
    December 24, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    ah damn…I’m 1124 and I thought you meant the local shamus. The franchise shamus steak house SUCKS. Can you say Antibiotic Burger??? Merry Jerry!!!

  35. anonymous
    December 24, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    and here comes another one—Rex Bohn, what fun we will all have……………..

  36. Anonymosity
    December 26, 2011 at 8:41 am

    Ambrose Bierce’s famous diagnosis: “A bore is a person who talks when you wish him to listen.” There’s a time for political proselytizing. There’s a place for ideological battles. And there’s a moment when you should give it all a rest.

  37. Buzz
    December 26, 2011 at 8:42 am

    Sounds like Choo-Choo would happier at Chuck E. Cheese’s, where “American” portions are the norm and his talents as a clown might be appreciated.

  38. Harold Knight
    December 26, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Pretty funny reading posters here complaining about this string, but just can’t stay away!

    Walmart wouldn’t be here if Jeff Leonard kept his campaign promise (first term) to limit the size of new big boxes, his vote against it killed the ordinance.

  39. The Daisy Tattoo
    January 18, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    We all know that Jeff was a brown-noser, he was the right height for it.

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