Some of you may recall the opening of the Cascade Brewery on Highway 20 in Burlington last Spring. Those of you who were still patrons by the Summer, may also recall the sudden closing of its doors. I was an occasional patron, and also a friend of several of the employees and managers. I spoke to several of them after the closing, and found out that what happened was a combination of greed, unprofessionalism, and selfishness. The owner, who from what I understand has much, much more money than most of us, opened the restaurant with knowledge that the state would be taking eminent domain of the parking lot once the freeway ramp expansion was ready to proceed.
After lying to the employees and the management staff a short time earlier, Tim White decided to lock the doors and change the locks without letting any of the employees know that they were unemployed. The staff consisted of at least 50 individuals. Several students, single parents, and other people trying to make it by. The first of them found out they were unemployed when they arrived at work the next day to open the restaurant. Their keys no longer worked, and the note on the door stated that the GM would be able to answer any questions. The GM had apparently been informed late on the evening before, yet was responsible for fielding the calls of the betrayed and upset staff. The rest of the staff were informed via a spontaneous phone chain.
Then, as if that were not low enough, Tim White and his company pulled the rest of the funds, and defaulted on all of the restaurants debts. Those owed money include food and beverage suppliers, as well as small businesses and individuals that had been contracted to do miscellaneous work for the restaurant.
I hope that those of you that are concerned about who you support stay away from Tim White and his associates. For someone with that much money to treat others that are less wealthy with such disregard shows a soullessness that I would prefer not to pay for. I recommend avoiding employment and patronization of anything that Tim White or his associates are involved with. He has been unable to sell the building, and, should he reopen something in its place, I hope that many of you choose to take your business to the Porterhouse in Mount Vernon, the Train Wreck in Burlington, or Adrift or the Rockfish in Anacortes.