Cascade Brewery/Alehouse

Mount Vernon, WA

#1 Dec 28, 2008
I want to inform the citizens of Skagit County about something that inappropriate and wrong that took place earlier this year.

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.
vero from visaila ca

Visalia, CA

#2 Feb 27, 2009
Thats not good, thanks for the heads up dont care for people like that.

Spokane, WA

#3 Jun 25, 2009
They are now set to re-open the doors August of 2009. The intentions are clear. They are looking for a Head Chef to make the menu, document recipes and even take pictures of the plated food for the line cooks. They will then fire the Chef so that they only have to pay for cookie cutter employees. Nice "use" of a person don't you think. They even have the nerve to ask the possible future Chef to write the menu and work for free for a week or so to "see how they work out" before the actual hire.

Oak Harbor, WA

#4 Aug 5, 2009
Thanks for the inside scoop. How do we find out which businesses this ass owns?
Socialists go home

Bellingham, WA

#5 Dec 28, 2009
Great Beer--Good times!!!
Go Alehouse!!!
Socialists go home

Bellingham, WA

#6 Dec 28, 2009
Great beer--

Go Cascade!!!

Severn, MD

#7 Jan 2, 2010
No matter what *supposedly* happened, they're running full steam again. They've already had some staff turnover, and based on the history of the owner(s) and GM, they're not hiring good staff in key positions. The turmoil won't be noticed by the public, but it makes for a difficult working environment, and it's also a good way to ruin a restaurant if lessons aren't learned from past mistakes.
Freeway Traveler

Seattle, WA

#8 Mar 6, 2010
Stopped in and had a great burger on 2.22.2010 and good beer too. Unfortunately I observed the gentleman that was "running" the cash register/greeting guests at about 4:30 that afternoon not washing his hands after using the restroom.

Not good! Hope management reminds/requires staff to wash hands from now on.
burlington res

Temple City, CA

#9 Mar 25, 2010
Once again Mr. Tim White has screwed everyone who has tried to work with him to make the restaurant successful. Only an idiot opens a restaurant in late September, unless they want to loose money for 6 months. Which is exactly what they did, then close the doors just prior to April when the place might have a chance to start making a profit. This go round, the staff and management were notified by a vender asking why all of their food orders had been cancelled. The other trick that Mr. White is great at is scheduling himself for a nice vacation whenever he closes, so that he doesnt have to be bothered by anyone he has just screwed. Placing stop payments on writen checks to vendors who have already provided services. WHAT A PIECE OF WORK! I'M SURPRISED THE FINE CITIZENS OF SKAGIT COUNTY HAVE NOT RUN THIS GUY OUT OF THE COUNTY. And why cities bother issuing a business licence??? I wonder if he gets a 1/2 price deal on his licences since he never stays in business more than 6 months. WARNING, WARNING, WARNING... NEVER WORK FOR THIS GUY, NEVER EXTEND CREDIT TO HIM. And don't get attached to any business he's involved with, because it probably wont be there long. What a joke!
burlington res

Temple City, CA

#10 Mar 25, 2010
hungry wrote:
Thanks for the inside scoop. How do we find out which businesses this ass owns?
Just check Tim B. White Properties!

Tucson, AZ

#11 Feb 19, 2012
I helped with the Cascade concept on a consulting basis months before the opening. Mr White was a pleasure to work for and help up to my contract to the end. I did not have any challenges whatsoever. In my opinion.....

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