Fantastic, unique food. great staff and experience. a must-try for those in Atlanta.
WARNING: If you are a minority, especially one of Hispanic descent (like myself), I do not recommend shopping at this place!
I went in (it was around my third time shopping there) to find a cute little antique bottle for a crafts project for a gift, and decided to look around the store to see what was there. They do have nice quality items there, but I kept noticing someone, who turned out to be a both owner/renter there, kept looking at me and not removing his gaze from me or my direct. When I would look at him he just gave me a very fake smirkish smile. At one point I turned around surprised to see he was literally right behind me, he looked at me and smiled, THEN proceeded to pass me. Apparently he had been following me since the other end of the store that time.
Anyway, the really messed up part came when I finally found what I wanted. There was a small basket in one of the enclosed booths with bottles like the one I was after. I took a moment to look though them, picked two, and brought them up to the front counter. I asked the advice of one of the two women there at the time (the craft project gift was for a female friend), and after making my selection offered to return the bottle back myself since she might not know which booth it belonged to (my mother raised me well). When I returned to the booth guess who I found there going through the very basket of tiny bottles I had just pulled two from? He was clearly surprised when he saw me, tried to say something, but then just smiled again at me walked away without actually saying anything.
And it just got worse folks!
I then left for about a half-hour to eat something nearby since I felt calming down was the best idea. I returned, spoke with the management, who once I started telling the story of what happened looked at me with a look of "I can not believe you are bothering me with this. Get the (beep) out of my store.". He then gave me an obviously "I am sorry you felt that way..." based on his voice tone, and I proceeded to just leave.
AND it gets better still! As I was leaving the store biting my tongue I heard a very loud female laughter start when the door had almost finished shutting behind me. I guess she thought I was out of hearing range by them???
I was racially profiled.
Followed around the store.
The manager looked pissed I was complaining about the incident.
A female employ behind the counter started laughing out loud about the incident when she thought I was out of hearing range when the door was almost shut behind me.
I do not recommend buying here, or even walking around in here, if you are a minority like myself.
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A couple months back I bought a gift certificate to take my fiancé out to a nice dinner at Plaka, and when we went to redeem the certificate Friday night the manager said that it was no longer valid. He claimed that the restaurant had changed ownership recently and wasn't responsible for Plaka’s past obligations, and therefore we were out $50. So let me get this straight, the name on the building stays the same, the location doesn't change, the menu is identical, the same staff remains, the company's Brand, image and messaging go untouched, yet some random guy in the back is replaced and all previous obligations and debts are expected to disappear. How is that remotely ethical? I am a management consultant by trade, and it’s pathetic to see a business with such unfair, dubious and profit-driven practices. Here's some expensive advice, put the customer at the heart of all of your business practices, from the loneliest greeter to the top decision makers. I've turned businesses like yours around and it wasn't by cutting corners and treating customers poorly; it was by doing what's right every minute of every day... successful owners call this Business 101! You’re following the same path as the last owner and we all know how that turned out. While you can't undo what previous owners have committed to, you can certainly make up for their practices by being a strong, ethical, and exemplar member of the community who provides consistent, outstanding service. Friday night Plaka failed miserably at being that service provider, but it’s not too late.
They are well worth the price, which is about double what this article says.
Best place to eat in Gwinnett County. Food is great but it's always crowded.
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When is the best night to go to Apache cafe? Is Saturday a good night??
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My husband and I ate at the Village Corner Restaurant and Bakery on 11/1/2014 around 8pm. We have been there many times to eat as it has been one of our favorite places to go whenever we had a little extra money to treat ourselves. We ordered our food, ate, and paid our ticket when it was time to leave. We are a young married couple expecting our second child due in a few weeks. Before we left I decided to order cake to take home. While ordering cake at the front of the store my husband was approached by an angry manager telling him that we only left an $00.80 tip and that she was "pissed". Once I saw the woman becoming agitated and angry with my husband by her body language, I approached her and asked her what was the problem. She explained to me that whenever we eat there we do not tip so "we don't need to eat there if we can't afford it." I explained to the woman that I was 9 months pregnant and we are very tight on money at the moment. She answered back by saying "Well then why are you buying cake then?" The extra money we had to buy cake was given to me by my mother who wanted us to order cake before leaving. I told her that paying a tip was not a part of the law and once again we left what we could. She then gets very angry and goes to the back to call someone else. Then comes out a man who doesn't even listen to our situation, he just starts waving us out of the door. While my husband and I are trying to explain to him what is going on without raising our voices, cursing, or being rude, the man has a very aggressive attitude towards us. He called me ignorant as well as many other down grading names simply for not having enough money to leave a tip. He also kept looking at my husband telling him "get her out of here" and "don't bring her out in public because she doesn't know how to behave" and "be a man and control her". I am a young black woman married to a young white man. And we both could tell why this man was directing all his anger and hate on me and not my husband, even though the both of us were not being rude or disrespectful. Then the woman (manager) comes back out and tells us that we need to go outside. I tell her that I am 9 months pregnant and it is 40 degrees outside, we paid for our food, and we are waiting for our ride that would be there in 20 minutes. We were not about to sit out in the cold and wait. She said she would call the cops. We told her to call them then because we did nothing wrong. She gets angry once she sees we are not leaving and goes to the back to call someone to rough handle us out of the door. Out comes a man from the back. I begin trying to explain to him what is happening and the woman (manager) gets angry that the man is actually trying to listen to my situation and tells him to go back to the back. A few minutes later my step father comes in and ask the manager and the other man what is going on? They don't try to explain, they simply tell him "get these people out of here". At this point the police officer arrives and we step outside and begin explaining the situation. The police officer says it was too cold out there to stand out and talk, that we would go back in the restaurant and speak. Note, it is too cold for a police officer to stand outside for 5 minutes. Yet, they wanted a 9 month pregnant woman to stand outside for 20 minutes because she couldn't afford a tip. He questioned us about the situation and went to talk to the manager. When he came back he said he could tell by the managers voice and body language what this was all about and that he apologized for the situation. He told us the best thing to do was never eat there again and get with a lawyer to file a discrimination report.I am reaching out to as many people who can help me share my story.
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The comment about the older woman is true (except the missing teeth). However, I think she does it in good fun to past the time away and to keep the customers laughing. I've been going to this place for 4 years and have not yet experienced rudness from the staff, but professionalism as far as fast food go. They are clean, as mentioned wear hair nets and gloves regularly while making orders, and the line and utensils are always wiped down. The food is really good. I haven't yet to see any salivating going on nor flies. If you ever work in fast food; you should know that during breakfast or lunch the crowd can be overwhelming and you have to do something to past the time away. In the older woman case, it's joking which could be taken as being a smart a** if you don't have a sense of humor. Treat her like family and she'll love you for life.
When you do what you love age doesn't or shouldn't matter. People are capable of being retired and deciding to follow their passion, which is beautiful right. We have persons younger than they are working for Fulton County that are medically sick - however the bills or their needs still need considering, and their dreams doesn't die due to it.
Fred is the sweetest man/business owner ever and his rough around the edges teams' personality balance the work place. I'd rather have older women working in the kitchen that knows what they are doing than having young ones whom barely knows anything or if at all- in the kitchen. Especially with the new generation coming up. Nevertheless, I would advise for them to hire two (younger) cashiers to be placed to tackle the waiting time.
Hats off to Fred's Place - you might have to wait, but 'day getter done'.
I have been shopping here for years. They have always treated me with respect, and they have been patient with me as I shopped. I know from working in retail, the customer should not put their handbag on a glass counters, and I have picked up items and touched items, and they said nothing.
There were certain spiritual deities I knew not to touch. But I do know they will not give change for the meter, and there is a sign on the door.
Try this Corn Continental pizza which incorporates lots of Indian spices while still staying true to the concept of Italian pizza.Tandoori Pizza is an exciting way of preparation and presentation. It really melts your mouth just looking at it.
Love the venue; Great space for almost anything: art show, concert, performance, wedding, etc!!!
No stars... This Masquerade does a disservice to the neighborhoods of Reynoldstown and Cabbagetown by not being inclusive and conscientious of the needs of both communities. Shame on Randall Fox. Shame.
In response to the incident on 10/3/14, I was one of the customer's waiting in the line. There is only one cashier and their is a high volume of calls, whether it's breakfast or lunch. Phone orders are put on the line the same time as with in-person orders. There is no seperate register to pick up orders from. Patron's must wait in the line like everyone else to get their order. One cannot walk up to the counter, before another customer and ask to pick up their order. What if the order wasn't ready? The person would still have to wait.
Fred's is a popular place and is known to having a line of customers. As far as the attitude of the cashier, after observing her for a few weeks, I've come to realize that she isn't "mean" but instead, is overwhelmed, managing the front counter by herself and can only do so much while being pulled in different directions. Yes, she's elderly, as well as the other employees, but they cannot help that at their age they are working instead of being retired. I'm sure they wish they could be other places instead of working in a restaurant managing hundreds of calls a day; customers and working over a hot stove.
The restaurant has a health rating score of an "A". I've seen all the employees wear their signature blue latex gloves, while handling and preparing the food. Not to mention the black hair nets. I have yet to see any flies or saliva come from their mouths while talking, which they do while helping get the food out as fast as possible, calling out orders. I didn't overhear what Fred himself was saying to the lady, as she walked around to the back of the kitchen area, but at the end, I heard Fred himself apologize for the long wait time and asking her to please wait in line.
I think it would be in the best interest of the cashier to let callers know that their will be a wait time for their food, instead of them finding that out when they come in to pick up their orders. As far as the food itself is concerned, for lunch, I've only liked their string beans. I'm also very picky about food, especially "Soul Food". But their breakfast food is very good. I get the "Breakfast Special" or one of their sandwhiches. All in all, its how you talk to people. To get irrate and cause a scene telling the owner, "I'm going to post a bad review about you!", while talking about the owner and the staff standing at the front counter before storming off, will not get one anywhere. Next time, suck it up and wait in line like everyone else.
Strangely, no one else was complaining about the line and their wait.....
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