Dear Answer Man, Is that Ethiopian restaurant on the west side of Rochester permanently closed? I really liked that spongy bread and the berbere-spiced lentils and meats.
The Nile restaurant, at 2711 Commerce Drive NW, has called it quits after three years. They posted this message on their blog on May 30: “We would like to announce that all good things must come to an end; with that said, this will be our last week in business. Also we have a couple of gift certificates out there we would like to take care of. If you don’t mind, please bring them in as soon as you can.”
Isn’t that a refreshing approach to gift cards? Quite unlike other places that close the doors abruptly and leave you high and dry with gift cards.
“As always,” the blog post says, “we appreciate your business and thanks for the great opportunity. It’s been a great ride.” The restaurant was owned by Halefom “Rico” Dorry.
Their space was previously home to the Clay Oven restaurant. Let’s hope it remains an enclave for genuine ethnic cooking, which is strangely lacking in a town as increasingly diverse as Rochester.
Dear Answer Man, there was one of those wacky ads in the paper last week for a “doctor’s memory breakthrough,” and it says the doctor, Meir Shinitzky, is the “world’s leading brain expert” and the “recipient of the prestigious Kennedy Award.”
First of all, I thought you were the “world’s leading brain expert,” so which is it — you or Shinitzky?
And I did some Googling and can’t find Shinitzky’s name among the JFK Profile in Courage award winners. Do you know what award he won? — Skeptic
I was taken aback by that ad, too. Last I heard, I was the world’s leading brain expert. But I’ve never claimed to have won “the prestigious Kennedy Award.”
I did copious Web searching and can’t figure out what that Kennedy award would be. It’s not the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award, made each year by the Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, and I couldn’t find Shinitzky’s name linked to a Kennedy prize of any kind.
Shinitzy is described in the ad as “one of the world’s leading experts in the physiology and function of cell membranes.” He’s been associated with the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, and he’s listed as chief scientist and head of R & D for the Swiss skin care company L. Raphael Switzerland GmbH. The ad is for Lipogen, which is described as an “all-natural supplement to improve memory.”
I called the toll-free number listed in the ad and they didn’t know what the Kennedy Prize is, either. The customer service rep said, “I have no idea.” Before hanging up, he offered no other information on Shinitzky.
FYI, if you’re truly the “world’s leading expert” in anything, you probably don’t need to advertise it.