Alas, the 2014 Christmas season saw the passing of one of our favorite restaurants, Famous Dave’s across the street from the Regal Cinema at Virginia Center Commons.
We understand that the employees didn’t know about the closing until they arrived at work one day and read the note on the door. I’ll bet they weren’t any too happy. Not only to find themselves unemployed at the beginning of the new year, but to be told in such an impersonal and uncaring way.
My assumption is that the management didn’t have the guts to let his employees down gently and thoughtfully. Then again, who’s to say that he knew in time to do that? I could easily see him getting word from some out-of-town higher up sometime after closing on what turned out to be the final night. An out-of-town higher up who didn’t have the courage to treat the local manager properly.
I really enjoyed their grilled chicken sandwich, among other things. Kathleen normally had their ribs. I especially liked their jalapeno flavored mac ‘n’ cheese, and both of us loved the grilled pineapple they used to have on their menu.
One of my biggest regrets is we never sat at the single very tall table that offered special deals to anyone who sat there.
We didn’t get to know the servers at Famous Dave’s as well we’ve done at some of our other favorite eating places. Nonetheless, they always made us feel at home.
I’ll miss seeing those cute t-shirts. The only saying I can recall at the moment said, “PIG — Very important pig.” I wonder how many employees have shredded their t-shirts in anger.
That’s about all I have to say. We still have a good BBQ place nearby–Q Barbeque. But I can’t get my chicken sandwich there. Or my mac ‘n’ cheese. Or those grilled pineapple slices.
Have you lost a favorite restaurant–or maybe a favorite retail store? How did you feel when you learned of its closing? Please share a comment.
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