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!"


arkay June 28, 2012 at 01:48 PM
That's a great idea. A lot of that lot doesn't get used.
arkay June 28, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Definitely not excess. Someone has an agenda.
arkay June 28, 2012 at 01:50 PM
The town better help figure something out, or they're going to lose this great truck.
Angus June 28, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Ms. Hannon's comment couldn't be more patronizing. MFAC will not be getting one dime from me.
RONALD M GOLDWYN June 28, 2012 at 02:10 PM
I have not been a patron of GotChef as I have used the train only once in 18 years.I have yet to set foot in the MFAC building so I'm not one of their patrons either. But all this does not mean I'm not a concerned citizen of this community. Itoo spend many volunteer hours working for 501c3 organizations, most of which were in leadership positions. The MFAC acquired the Milford railroaad station building because they were an organization that was a designated charity serving the Milford Community. Now I want, and this community expects an answer to why GotChef was evicted from the deal that brought them to that location in the first place. The IRS does control the fate of the MFAC's 501c3 status. GotChef was providing a service for Milford commuters and paying the MFAC a negotiated fee for utilities. So far the MFAC has yet to provide an adequate answer to the questions raised by many commuters. I wonder if the United Way helps fund the MFAC, but I want a ew answers as a concerned citizen.
C.S. June 28, 2012 at 02:17 PM
What exactly is the fine arts council do anyhow? Seems to me that they are just another beuratic Milford agency with agendas of their own not that of the people? As stated before the reason they evicted got chef was lame . The commuters want them to be there do give it to them for gods sake. I'm sure they have good food? Really? Could the MFAC rep be any more comdecending!
Concerned Parent June 28, 2012 at 02:34 PM
It would appear to me GotChef was providing a revenue stream for the MFAC, which IMO, would be a positive thing in helping with the cost associated to address some of the building's aging infrastructure.
Linda Leo June 28, 2012 at 02:49 PM
How about an arrangement with the Agro brothers? Got Chef would just be on the other side of the tracks. Linda Leo
Sherry Duffy June 28, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Hidden agenda? Somethings we don't know? Behind the scenes details missing? Unknown influence? Clearly.
RONALD M GOLDWYN June 28, 2012 at 03:39 PM
John, Boycott (Named after a Capt Boycott in England) is always a tool that can be used, but you get more with honey. First know the fact why the MFAC acted the way it did. Force an explanation of the true facts that influenced their decision. Keep an open mind until then.
CtLynn5 June 28, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Wow! The food at GotChef must have been really, really, REALLY good!
CtLynn5 June 28, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Either that or you have an abundance of time on your hands.
JT June 28, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Impeach Dolores (Clayborne) Hannon!!
MC June 28, 2012 at 06:29 PM
I don't know too much about 501c3 "non-profit" but is there any chance that having another business run and profit by use of the 501c3's resources put them in any danger of losing their "not-profit" status? From the outside it might just be as simple as power and water but maybe there is more to it.
MC June 28, 2012 at 06:50 PM
@John - I thought the same thing too and really don't have an answer, but a thought I had was what if this were a deal made with the old board and now the new board isn't so comfortable with having them use their resources. It does not look like Got Chef has any hard feelings about their decision so maybe he knew this was a possibility from the moment he plugged in there.
CtLynn5 June 28, 2012 at 06:53 PM
John P. - You mentioned going to the MFAC web-site, finding out who sponsors them and then going to those businesses and making a point of telling management who you will not be patronizing them. Sounds like a lot time wasted to me. BTW - Bet the people you complained to in Subway laughed when you walked out.
arkay June 28, 2012 at 08:13 PM
If the truck returns to Milford, you should try it! *Amazing* Italian food at good prices.
arkay June 28, 2012 at 08:13 PM
You're right, that WAS condescending!
PK June 28, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Wow,before you all get in lynching mode maybe you could do a little research & find out just how much good the MFAC has done for the city since it's inception by local artists & artisans. I worked for the Council in the 80's, but have not been connected for many years, so I can't pretend to know what's going on with the new board now. However, for people who've never been involved, never volunteered their time to the Coucil to make snap judgements on very little information is just wrong. If compelled to complain, try something constructive, a letter, or email to the Board asking them to reconsider.
MC June 29, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Agreed @Penny, I do not see how boycotting Subway will do anything. From what I can see Subway merely sponsors an event, @John is making it seem as though they are funding the MFAC's existence. I would bring your mittens if you plan on waiting for the Subway manager to walk over to MFAC and demand Got Chef access to their water and electricity. The sadness...understandable, the sentiment...commendable, the boycotting...misguided. With all this back and forth part of me wants to know the while story but the reality is that it is none of my business.
Alice June 29, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Someone from the Board of Directors of the Milford Fine Arts Council must come on this website to fully explain the reasons their board decided to discontinue the arrangement with GotChef. I am completely baffled that this hasn't happened yet, because I am sure there are good reasons for having made this decision. As a long supporter of the MFAC I am saddened by all of the suggestions to withdraw support from this important organization in Milford, and I think these suggestions are misguided. But I do not understand why, after all of this public outcry, there has not been something more forthcoming from the Board of Directors. Some of these folks are my friends. Where are you?
Alice June 29, 2012 at 02:59 AM
John, please don't hold the entire Milford Fine Arts Council hostage. We need the support of Milford Bank, Subway, and in fact of the entire community to continue our advocacy of the arts in Milford. Something isn't right on the Board of Directors, I am not sure what the problem is, but the entire organization should not be painted with a broad brush of disenfranchisement right now. The Milford Fine Arts Council needs the financial and intellectual support of our entire community. Please do not withdraw this support because of a one in 40 year tsunami.
MC June 29, 2012 at 03:23 AM
I don't think they owe anyone anything more than they gave already, it was a business decision plain and simple. Personally I feel both parties are trying to avoid looking as though that got caught with their hands in the cookie jar so to speak as I can only assume a 'not for profit' would get their utilities at a reduced rate and|or tax free. As many said before, "why would the MFAC ruin a little revenue stream?"...possibly because it was not legit. How do they determine how much of these utilities GotChef uses? If you had a business would you be mad if someone else was getting their utilities at a discount? Maybe the new board is just trying to clean up some things they are not comfortable with. If I am somehow right...is GotChef still the model of the entrepreneurial spirit? Maybe not...
Monica June 29, 2012 at 10:54 AM
Wow! All these positive comments makes want to try them!
PK June 29, 2012 at 11:09 AM
John; My comment above is a figure of speech and most people would understand that it is not to be taken literally. It was made in reference to some of the comments above that IMHO I consider to be over the top for the situation. The GotChef owner has issued a very calm and rational statement regarding his leaving and many more above have come up with good suggestions for a relocation nearby, which hopefully will happen. I understand that this is an unpopular decision and that GotChef provided a real service to tired Milford commuters. However, as MC pointed out below the decision was MFAC Board members alone to make, and even if we may not agree with it we must assume that they made it in the best interests of the Council, it's members and their building.
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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