Turtle Island Cafe Going Down Hill

Turtle Island Cafe Going Down Hill

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WillsboroNative

United States

#1 Oct 8, 2012
I've been an avid diner at Turtle Island Cafe for almost six years now. For the first summer season (as I also frequent the restaurant in the winter months) I can honestly say I felt uncomfortable. The food was wonderful, as always. But something was missing.
There was a time when I knew the servers by name (Megan, Heather,Dana and Catherine) and knew more about them than my own neighnors. But those familiar faces have been replaced; less friendly, less knowledgeable, less devoted. The new gentleman they have hired desperately needs a shave, or at least a clean cut. I went to lunch with a group of ladies (no men) and were greeted with "Hey, Guys." And we had to wait because he was the only waitor that day, and obvously couldn'thandle the small volume of customers that were actually in there. The dining room its self is in complete disorder. Yes, I've had a few water spots on my silverware before, but never as many times as I have in the past six months, and the same goes for the wine glasses, to top it all off, the benches and chairs are constantly covered in crumbs.
Don't forget about Dave, the chef and proprietor. Every time I see him he he stinks of booze and usually only visits a few tables. I've heard he's really hard to work for, on many occasions I've heard him screaming inside the kitchen.
I'm not sure what's happeneing to such a wonderful little piece of Willsboro, but sure do wish those girls (and boys) would return to help Turtle Island Cafe become the amazing experience it used to be.
Will or

Plattsburgh, NY

#2 Oct 9, 2012
Maybe the man doesn't shave because he's a queer. Seems like there's quite a few queers around town. I always feel uncomfortable at Johnny's sports bar and also the village meat Mart. Makes me wonder if they're playing with the MEAT back in the cooler?!!!!
Loop 12

Plattsburgh, NY

#3 Oct 23, 2012
Sounds to me like this is one of Daves disgruntled ex employees.And I think we all know who she is.You know the mouthy one that never learned how to keep her mouth shut.Miss perfect herself ! Miss I know everything.You would think she would have learned not to drink and drive.Oh but wait that's everybody elses fault.Get a life you pathetic loser,or keep getting your free handouts!!!
Matillda

United States

#4 Oct 28, 2012
Whoa!! LOOP12 why are you so down on one of the servers?? Could you be a server there as well?I have been to the Turtle many,many times..well in the past that is and by the looks of the place now and the atmosphere that is felt there now it would be great to have the mouthy one back...Noone is perfect so not sure who that would be...As far as the drinking and driving bit,that has no berring on how this person did her job.The owner used to come out and greet our table and many others and yes! reeked of alcohol but I also noticed that on a male server one day,hadn't notice him (owner ) so much at the end of my dining there. Maybe to much to drink and cannot make it out to the dining area?How many times people heard the Owner SCREAM at his workers..WOW!!!Maybe old faces left because they were tired of a drunken abusing boss!! The turtle is sinking fast and all the islands are covered with water and this Turtle can't swim!
Bones

United States

#5 Oct 31, 2012
I always loved the Turtle Island cafe.....at least I used to,but so much has changed there. I was concerned about the owners choice of help. One waitress always came like she just got out of bed and I hear no doubt just left her child molesting boyfriend....could this be one of the complainers on here? She needs to look in her own backyard before slashing others...do it before winter because we all know that once the snow flies,you don't notice much under the snow( like your own child).To bad people just cannot get along.If I had a boss who drank and bitched at his help the way the owner of TIC does I would not have stayed long and as a customer,I didn't!! I used to enjoy the Cafe and had a favorite waitress as many did,we miss her know it all ways lol cuz it was her know it all ways that kept the turtle clean and organized and always had a smile on her face and dressed appropriate unlike some others I saw...Are there any real friends today or are they all cut throats????SO SAD!TURTLE GOING DOWNHILL FOR SURE!!!
Matilda

United States

#6 Nov 1, 2012
I am with you 100% Bones,and I think I know who you mean...OMG!! Thought I was the only one who noticed the appearence of some..It is a sad situation for sure.Even tho I miss the turtle I realized it wasn't the place I miss,it is the smiling faces that are no longer there.Anyone know where they all went??
gcartle

Johnstown, NY

#7 Dec 8, 2012
Sounds like unhappy ex employees, so lets run the place down.... People need to grow up and realize the world doesn't revolve around them! Good restaurant, definitely would recommend to anyone!
Matillda

Schaumburg, IL

#8 Dec 10, 2012
sounds like owner needs a rehab and a little less wine.I bet there is some unhappy ex employees and probably because the mature boss was always screaming at them! Could hear him from the kitchen.Hires a man to do a womans job and that shows for sure. Yes! a great place to eat if ya want a drunk cooking your food, yelling at his help and coming out to the dining area smelling like a brewery...sure is a great place!!!
Really

United States

#9 Dec 10, 2012
Ppl really should stop assuming things. I doubt any if his ex employees wrote any of these comments! I am good friends with some of them and I know they wrote nothing! It's obviously disappointed customers who see a good thing going bad. The food is good but the way the owner treats his help is uncalled for
gcartle

Northville, NY

#10 Dec 11, 2012
Well I'm friends with them all to, and that's exactly what they would do! So I'm not assuming anything! One person has made her feelings quite known on Facebook so why not start this tread of bashing! Work in a real restaurant, with a real chef, most are like that its called getting the job done! Can't stand the heat stay out of the kitchen! Lol
Really

Albany, NY

#11 Dec 11, 2012
gcartle wrote:
Well I'm friends with them all to, and that's exactly what they would do! So I'm not assuming anything! One person has made her feelings quite known on Facebook so why not start this tread of bashing! Work in a real restaurant, with a real chef, most are like that its called getting the job done! Can't stand the heat stay out of the kitchen! Lol
Well that person did not bash the place so oviously you don't know them that well. I know they had nothing to do with any of these threads becoz I asked them. Lol ppl assuming shit as usual. And from what I hear, the chef was very hard to work for. And treated his employees like shit! Especially ones who had been there for many years. So unless u know the facts...and have been in their shoes, u will never understand.
sharin stuff

Northville, NY

#12 Dec 12, 2012
Really wrote:
<quoted text>Well that person did not bash the place so oviously you don't know them that well. I know they had nothing to do with any of these threads becoz I asked them. Lol ppl assuming shit as usual. And from what I hear, the chef was very hard to work for. And treated his employees like shit! Especially ones who had been there for many years. So unless u know the facts...and have been in their shoes, u will never understand.
Sounds like someone is picking sides when they are friendly enough to know the ex employee and ask them and they admitted to not having nothing to do with the bashing, haha I'm sure people would always tell the truth when asked.
Really

United States

#13 Dec 12, 2012
Of course I'm gonna choose sides , I've seen and heard what they have been thru for yrs now and besides, I don't see where this is bashing the place, maybe the ppl that work or worked there. Lol truth hurts and maybe it's about time people know what kind of a jerk the owner is. Food may be good, when you finally get it but some of the stories that I have heard, he is just lucky nobody has turned his drunk ass in by now.
Matillda

East Hampton, CT

#14 Dec 13, 2012
Listen people ! This is just a stinking restaurant that really shouldn't matter to anyone. workers come and they go,like any other job. I have been in the place and it really isn't anything to write home about. Certainly not worth squabbling about, We got it...Owner is a drunk,abusive and disrespectful to his employees,No rules ever applied to cook,owner or not he should be better with workers and customers,I have seen it and deffinetly have heard it so I can make my own judgemeny and IO have. Bottom line..ALCOHOL DESTROYS ALL!!
sharin stuff

Northville, NY

#15 Dec 31, 2012
Matillda wrote:
Listen people ! This is just a stinking restaurant that really shouldn't matter to anyone. workers come and they go,like any other job. I have been in the place and it really isn't anything to write home about. Certainly not worth squabbling about, We got it...Owner is a drunk,abusive and disrespectful to his employees,No rules ever applied to cook,owner or not he should be better with workers and customers,I have seen it and deffinetly have heard it so I can make my own judgemeny and IO have. Bottom line..ALCOHOL DESTROYS ALL!!
Lmao ok sure!
former employee

West Chazy, NY

#16 Mar 4, 2013
I worked at turtle island café just short of five years. The food was great, and for the most part we had an excellent waitstaff (with the exception of a few). As a former server, I can tell you first hand the business is not as it used to be. Dave, the owner, tried to set ridiculous expectations for his diners. He even went so far as to put his political rants on their ” board” on the sidewalk. The owner is the reason this place is diminishing, that and the few unpleasant servers that made valued customers not want to come back... Do those of you who were blaming this rent on an employee, there you have it. And personally, I don't think any former employees were responsible for this considering I'm still in constant contact with them and no one has said anything about it!
Bob

Springfield, NJ

#17 Mar 29, 2013
I wonder why

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