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Glenwood South restaurant gets tough on towing

Posted August 7, 2015

— With parking tight in the Glenwood South district of Raleigh, one business is cracking down on those who take up their lot.

"We didn't realize how big a situation it was," said Mellow Mushroom General Manager, Steve Gardner.

Gardner said he was forced to put up big signs alerting non-customers to stay away.

"If you are dining with us, you are good," he said "But if you are going across the street, or down the street, or wherever, you are probably going to get towed.res

The signs read ,"don't try to trick us, we are watching." And according to Gardner, if a person tries to buy a beer inside the restaurant after realizing their car was towed, they will not get the car back.

He said in one day, seven cars were towed.

"Even after the big sign...it was the most we had," Gardner said.

Glenwood South visitors agree parking is a pain, but Rachel Brame said she understands why Mellow Mushroom is cracking down.

"I feel like they definitely have to do that because everyone would park there. I would," Brame said.


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  • Marcy Lyn Aug 11, 2015
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    Finding nice little places to eat and shop OUTSIDE of Glenwood south is the ticket. Hate the area, too many people with no parking, making 3 or 4 passes to find a spot to park, makes being down there miserable.

  • Jj Parker Aug 9, 2015
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    Revitalizing Glenwood South has had issues all along with parking. I totally get these places towing. If you aren't doing business with whom your parking at then you get towed. If you are and still get towed than it is up to the business to pay the towing fees and get your car back to you.

    Hillsboro St. is the same way.

    There needs to be adequate parking if you are going to build more places for people to visit. This is where the planning committee is failing. The want to bring more people to DT than they need to fix the parking issues 1st.

  • Jackson Smith Aug 9, 2015
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    and you could get stuck in the snow too.

  • Doug Bradley Aug 8, 2015
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    For those of you who are commenting without really understanding what's going on down there, the newly opened Raleigh Beer Garden has patrons parking in the Mellow Mushroom parking lot. Of course these cars should be towed.

  • Jackson Smith Aug 8, 2015
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    Just like the city should let all the restaurants use city property to serve food on the sidewalks. If you want a bigger place RENT one. Don't use city property that we all pay for. Mello pays for that space you are in. If you want to eat elsewhere, get them to rent or buy you a spot. Really simple unless you don't have a clue.

  • Aaron King Aug 8, 2015
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    I don't blame them one bit. They have as much parking as anyone downtown and I'm sure they pay a premium for those spaces. Any time someone parks in another business with limited spaces, it cost that business money. It is not their fault too many bars and restaurants have opened on Glenwood that doesn't have any parking. They have obviously gone to great lengths to inform people parking is for their customers only and if someone still ignores it, that is their fault.

  • Sara Robinson Aug 8, 2015
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    I honestly don't blame the restaurant. One of the reasons I don't eat there more often is because the parking is a nightmare.

  • Paul Donovan Aug 8, 2015
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    Privately owned or leased parking is just that. I know it is a pain in that area to find free parking but parking in a private lot is not the answer. That just hurts the business that paid for that lot. If the city and Glenwood South wants to improve the situation then they need to spend the money and build a parking ramp in that area.

  • Jim Hugs Aug 8, 2015
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    I don't know why everyone is complaining. Just get their curbside service and eat in the car. Me and my grandson love their extra large meat hugger and stick bread.

  • Wayne Boyd Aug 8, 2015
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    All you guy's bad mouthing this business consider how you would react if all these selfish people were blocking your driveway with their cars.