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specialk
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For what it's worth...I heard a rumor that Chicken Charlie's Roadhouse (in Solitude) will be closing near the end of June.

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Topic starter Posted : May 29, 2010 5:47 pm
terry
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How about it Linda J, have you heard anything?

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Posted : May 29, 2010 6:05 pm
popflops
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I know it's been for sale for quite a while. Did someone buy it? I always thought $350K was a bit steep.

Lisa

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Posted : May 29, 2010 7:27 pm
Linda J
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Terry, you know what they say, everything's for sale. Jack has been having some food and personnel problems recently. But it would have to be pretty bad for him to just shut it down. I'll keep you posted.

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Posted : May 29, 2010 7:38 pm
Edward
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Linda has it right. As Chaucer's Wife of Bath says:

Wynne whoso may, for al is for to selle;
[Anyone can profit, for everything is for sale;]

They just haggle about the price.

:@)

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Posted : May 29, 2010 8:39 pm
terry
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OMG, what will we do for Trivia on Tuesday nights!

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Posted : May 29, 2010 10:08 pm
dougtamjj
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It's true. They are closing at the end of June.

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Posted : May 29, 2010 11:00 pm
popflops
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I know a whole lot of trivia junkies and drinkers who will be very disappointed!

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Posted : May 30, 2010 12:18 am
chockman
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No fear . Want to move it to the North Shore ? I always had great meal in that place.

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Posted : May 30, 2010 8:53 am
Juanita
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A lot of the trivia players are east enders. We stopped going to Chicken Charlie's because we are northshore (kinda), and it was just too far for a school night. We would probably come to yours. There is trivia at the Palms on Monday night. That's practically in our front yard, but we don't go. Hmmm??? I truly don't know why, other than our "team" from CC's didn't want to come that far from the east end. We are all so spoiled on our little island!

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Posted : May 30, 2010 1:39 pm
terry
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which team are you on?

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Posted : May 30, 2010 2:25 pm
Juanita
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Know-Brainers, but we haven't played with the team at all this year.

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Posted : May 30, 2010 2:37 pm
Linda J
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We'd love to have you join us at the Palms on Monday night. Bring a team or join one.

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Posted : May 30, 2010 3:18 pm
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Used to live just up the road from Chicken Charlies. Was always surprised how many cars were packing the place because we thought the food was mediocre.

Seems like a great spot. Not a lot of competition. Place has needed a facelift for some time. (then again, people flock to Cheeseburgers which has zero ambience, so go figure).

I wonder if it's a case of:
-bar/trivia crowd taking up space but not generating big enough profits (no disrespect intended, just wondering about the business side of that)
-bad management.
-life circumstances of the owner.
-food.
-competition from Good Spirits which serves great food.
-all of the above

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Posted : May 31, 2010 1:22 pm
Juanita
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All of our team always ate dinner, and the food was definitely mediocre, at best. One way he was probably losing money on the trivia crowd was in the lack of waitstaff. There would only be two servers for the whole place, with every seat taken, and it was really difficult to get a second drink. Several times we went, and there was only ONE server. Bless her heart, she was trying, but she could only do what she could do! Hard to make money in a bar if you can't sell drinks.

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Posted : May 31, 2010 1:53 pm
terry
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Well, I think that their food in mediocre at best.
I very seldom eat there anymore unless I am running late.
I used to eat there every Tuesday night. I do always either get something to eat or drink since I am there playing Trivia.

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Posted : May 31, 2010 1:57 pm
StCroix
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Ditto.
Hasn't been good for some time.
Any news on Lori's ?

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Posted : May 31, 2010 2:55 pm
chefnoah
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I think if you have trivia players who come in, drink water, get an appetizer, and take up a seat that could be for someone who wants three courses and wine, then you could lose money. But, from the sound of it, most trivia players are ready to have some drinks which usually leads to ordering food. Being understaffed on the one night a week when the place is packed is a mistake. Labor costs should float accordingly with the business. Slow night, send servers home. Tuesday night when you it's going to be packed? Overstaff to support the volume.

Neil, I'd say all of the above BUT the trivia players. Tuesday was always rocking when I drove by.

Lori is getting really close with Blue Water Cafe, shooting for the end of June but you know how that goes.

Noah

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Posted : June 1, 2010 1:44 am
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Volume may support the idea of 2 or more servers but do they make enough - [ most server salary is low - and they count exclusively on tips] to make the job worthwhile - always a tradeoff because of the poor salaries paid by owners to waitstaff.

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Posted : June 1, 2010 2:21 am
terry
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Is that Lori that was a waitress at Chicken Charlies?

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Posted : June 1, 2010 2:40 am
Juanita
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Exit Zero, You are so right. Sometime it's not the owner who wants to understaff. Afterall, they are only paying about $3.00+/- per hour, but the waitstaff put pressure on the owner NOT to add extra staff. It's a lose-lose situation, in my opinion. I would certainly buy more, and tip more, if I could get more service. I personally believe in making the money on quality, instead of quantity. I have worked with numerous servers, with way more experience than I, who absolutely disagree with me wholeheartedly. I would rather make $100 in a shift, give good service and have a good time instead of making $125 and run myself ragged, not give good service and be exhausted at the end of the day, but that's just me.

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Posted : June 1, 2010 1:10 pm
DixieChick
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was a no brainer also. guess we got to smart to play. lol

that place has a curse on it. believe meeeeeeeeeee!!!

when a certain waitress left (wink wink tami) was not the same. and no good bands lately to draw a crowd. to own a place like that you need to have alot of capital. i know the wapa bill alone was always huge. that alone would break you. did us.

so lori's will called Blue Water Cafe??? cool name. i will be a regular when i return in fall.

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Posted : June 1, 2010 4:37 pm
terry
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Dixiechick,
Did you used to lease Cane Bay - Full Moon??

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Posted : June 2, 2010 12:15 am
dougtamjj
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I miss her too Dixie.

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Posted : June 2, 2010 12:28 am
Linda J
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Well, it's official. Jack announced tonight that he would be closing as of close of business 6/22. He said he's lost his lease.

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Posted : June 2, 2010 1:47 am
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