Emmanuel V. Remy doesn't have anything against chain restaurants.
Unless, of course, it happens to be the holiday dinner for the Northland Community Council, of which he is president.
Then it's independent businesses all the way, as far as Remy is concerned.
"The mom-and-pop shops are what need our help," he said last week in welcoming those on hand for the annual holiday gathering, held at Casa Hacienda Grille on East Dublin-Granville Road. Events chairwoman Roseann Hicks selected this year's venue.
"It's great to get together on a more casual basis on occasion," Remy said.
Little in the way of business was conducted, although NCC secretary Brandon W. Boos did take the roll and enough member organizations were on hand to constitute a quorum.
Remy announced a Presidents' Roundtable for leaders of the civic associations that make up the bulk of the community council's members had been rescheduled.
Initially planned for Oct. 27, the new date will be Saturday, Dec. 15, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the conference room of the Franklin County Dog Shelter and Adoption Center on Tamarack Boulevard.
Although the gathering is open to the public, Remy said the focus will be on hearing from leaders of civic groups, condo associations and others, as well as establishing new lines of communication between them and NCC officers.
The next NCC session will not be held until Jan. 8, he said. Normally, the meetings fall on the first Tuesday of the month, but this time around, that would be New Year's Day.
In advance of that, Remy said he and other officers for the community council would meet Jan. 3, to discuss what the organization has done and where things should go in the future.
Although a location has yet to be determined, Remy said the executive council would assemble at 6:30 p.m.
"Things are going great in the Northland area," he said during an abbreviated president's report.
Remy hinted at "exciting things" in the offing for Northland Village, the redeveloped site of the former Northland Mall.
He also spoke with some confidence about the possibility of the Franklin County Board of Elections moving to the former Kohl's store on Morse Road, the site of early voting this past election.
Finally, Remy said the NCC's annual awards banquet for 2013 would be held March 21.
The deadline for nominating people who have made exceptional contributions to their civic associations and other member organizations will be announced later.