Captain and the Cowboy closes in Apopka

Captain and the Cowboy closes in Apopka

There are 27 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from May 14, 2008, titled Captain and the Cowboy closes in Apopka. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

Perhaps the old Townsend's Plantation really was haunted. The historic Victorian house overlooking U.S. Highway 441, which has gone through a series of uses, interspersed with long fallow periods, is empty ...

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DreamLearnDoBeli ever05

San Antonio, TX

#1 May 14, 2008
Its a shame........
I worked there from the beginning and i loved that place. There was something about working their during the holidays that gave you a sense of warmth. i watched the place grow and i was o happy to be apart of the ground floor of something thats was gonna be huge i only hope that the employees can find another job soon.
poor taxpayer

Astor, FL

#2 May 14, 2008
This is unfortunate. I never ate there, but with all of the bland chain-restaurant crap we have in Otown, I hate to see an independent place close.
poor taxpayer

Astor, FL

#3 May 14, 2008
This town is full of dumb a**es who will wait in line for an hour to get into Olive Garden. They wouldn't dream of trying something new.
unpaid employee

Clearwater, FL

#4 May 15, 2008
I worked there and just like the city I haven't received almost 3 paychecks. The city of Apopka will still be able to survive, me it's alot harder to pay bills and support a family when you are owed almost 3000 dollars in back pay.
Nobody home

Winter Park, FL

#5 May 15, 2008
Looking to get in touch with owners - I as well am owed money (deposits for a party that will never happen)

If anyone has any ideas, please let me know...
Nancy Jordan

Apopka, FL

#6 May 19, 2008
As a former employee of Captain and the Cowboy, I was sad to see it fail, however, I wish your article would have included the employees who were left jobless and without pay, some being owed thousands of dollars, a chef had two cars repossesed, it was sad for all. I was lucky to get out before all of that happened, but it is the employess who ultimately have suffered more than anyone.
And the "10" days wasn't even given. The city was there during an employee meeting and kicked everyone out, not even allowing the accountant to gather personal items(computers, etc,) from the office. The city, although they had the right to evict, should have done so according to the eviction, but unfortunately Mr. Anderson's previous disagreements and fall out with Don Green, prompted him, I am sure, to act more expediently and without care for the employees that day. The city wanted a piece of the Grand Pie that Don Green's vision had offered so ploughed ahead and bought the place, costing the city god only knows how much money...I personally think the place should be turned into a museum...and as the city commissioners grow old,, they can be mummified and put to rest in the house they had such glorious plans for.
Not a happy guest

Satellite Beach, FL

#7 May 21, 2008
I can see why the place was down in business. The woman who handled the big parties was a joke. Yes, she was pretty in an overblown sort of way(it led me to wonder how she got her job!) However, she had no feel at all as to what someone wanted-because she never closed her mouth long enough to listen. I liked dining there for the most part when it first opened, but for the last year or so everything has been going downhill quickly. Sorry its closing-but no surprise.

United States

#8 May 21, 2008
this place sucked! i had a company dinner there and the food was below average. they spent alot on getting the place remodeled. should have spent more on better menu and quality sevice!
Ronies de Mega

Orlando, FL

#9 May 23, 2008
overpriced, im glad its gone. why would you stay at a job that wasnt paying you. idiotas
lockhart born

Winter Springs, FL

#10 May 24, 2008
should have left the building where it was in the cemetary, and made it a museum .and yea. all the locals knew it was haunted by old doc.he did not like everybody moving his house that,s not where he had it buildt.and then put idiots in charge of his house .THIS WAS BOUND TO HAPPEN

Winter Park, FL

#11 Jun 1, 2008
Ronies de Mega wrote:
overpriced, im glad its gone. why would you stay at a job that wasnt paying you. idiotas
wanna know why we stayed we believed in the dream that was how are you going to say something like that when you didnt even work there our very soul is still in that place (IDIOT!)

Orlando, FL

#12 Jun 14, 2008
I have always felt a kin ship with the estate. When Don & Henry re-vamped it, it was like watching magic. Don believed in the Captain and the Cowboy. The city bought it because it had immeasurable potential. Unfortunately, this particular dream turned into a nightmare for many. There is a greater good and because of this misfortune the magnificent building stands alone. But it is because of “His Dream” the building is in great standing and will be occupied again. Much to the benefit of Apopka. Richard Anderson is only interested in the good of Apopka - many of us have been hurt because of the way finances were handled. When you believe in a dream it isn’t always easy to let it go. I too am hurt because I worked there, loved it and still believe in the dream. I am sorry for the many people who are owed money, one of the comments I read said those people were stupid for working with out being paid. It is not stupid - when you are working for the survival of the company you believe in. As for the young lady who booked the parties, Who loved the Captain & the Cowboy more than she did? In so many ways her hands were tied. No one wanted to provide a better event or better customer service.

United States

#13 Jun 17, 2008
face it- the food was mediocre at best and the service sucked. let it go.

Winter Park, FL

#14 Jul 12, 2008
Captain And The Cowboy was phenomenal when chef joe was there he always had the foodlooking perfect once he left the food just was lifeless and dull he shouldnve nver went to their second restaurant.
still unpaid


#15 Jul 15, 2008
Does it matter about the food, who booked parties or who worked in the kitchen. Bottom line is that employees still haven't been paid and thats what sucks the most. Places come and go but you would think that the owners would care enough about the people that tired to make it happen to settle with them. Yeah food sucked because the same person who had a vision about running a restaurant didn't know about either. Keep the comments coming.

Port Orange, FL

#16 Jul 21, 2008
I got married there in August of 2006. The wedding was beautiful, the food was awesome and my pictures came out great. I am sad to see it closed. We were going to come back for dinner on our anniversary.
Bill Norwood

Winter Haven, FL

#17 Sep 27, 2008
My name is Bill Norwood, a friend of mine named Greg and I worked one Halloween season at the plantation when the Radio station turned it into a haunted attraction. I know as a fact that we had cast members walk out on more then one night when they felt or saw something. I was an actor/ security guard. I was in costume and was under the stairs near a Fire exit so no guest would come in or out the door. We had many issues with the alarms going off for no reason. I remember that the owner of the theater company got real upset one night because it happened when we had the press there for a pre view of the attraction.
Then there was the issue of the Promo Picture. A promo picture was taken of the house so that posters could be made, and in the picture there was a figure in the 3rd floor window. He again got upset because he did not want to be seen as faking a photo. If I remember we ended up using the photo anyway because of being on a tight budget.
Also Greg and I on more then one night had to have them stop the show so we could go up and see what the noise was on the 3rd floor. It was suppose to be off limits to guest and staff. But we would often hear noise up there. When we would get up to the 3rd floor it would just stop. Then one night toward the end of the season, I was checking the bathrooms to make sure that none was still in the house before we locked up for the night, and in one bathroom all the toilets flushed by them selves at the same time. It scared the bleep pot of me. Because of my experiences in the Townsends I became a paranormal investigator. Townsends is very haunted I know.
i collect green

Atlanta, GA

#18 Oct 8, 2008
if any one needs assistance collecting money being owed to you due to captain and the cowboy shutting down,
all i would need is a contact number for Don Green.
the real Don Green

Lincoln, NE

#19 Oct 14, 2008
Green lives in Melbourne, FL. He is all about making money and does not care about about people. They are disposable to him.
All Knowing

Orlando, FL

#20 Oct 29, 2008
Heard the restaurant is reopening by Thanksgiving.

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