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I would like to thank everyone for their recent comments. Good and Bad. The good means we are doing something that pleases people. The bad means we need to strive to do better. My goal at the Longbranch is to see that everyone goes away happy. As far as the low score one time their was no one less pleased than I was, but I can assure all that it will never happen again and will admit that it is unacceptible I don't care what restaurant it is including mine. I have and always will try to make The Branch a pleasurable experiance for everyone. I will not speak negative of any of your thoughts because it is the only way we can improve on the things that are not up to standards.I will comment on one thing. What happened between Debbie and I it is of no concern to anyone other than she and I. Debbie and I still remain friends today. If you had a bad experiance please try us again, We will strive to make it a pleasurable one. Again thank all of you for your comments.

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Submitted by dawn69 on Sun, 02/01/2009 - 2:01pm.

The previous conversation about Longbranch was not started by me, nor do I ever bring up 'The Branch' while on this site. However, I should have stayed out of that conversation and kept my dignity in tact. In hindsight I regret posting anything at all about the Longbranch. It made me look vindictive and petty.

Gardner was wrong in stating that I was just trying to 'stir up trouble', but was probably right with the comment that I am bitter about 'what was done to me'. See, when you work with people for several years you become family. We watched each other get married (Kris), have children (Kris, Lisa K, and myself), watched our children grow up and graduate (Robin's daughter), etc. We were also there for each other in times of tragedy. So, you can see how I might have thought that I had friends there and why I was so hurt. It's not that you fired me, Lindsey, it's about how my "friends" treated me, that includes co-workers AND a few of the regular 'barflies'. It's also about what a DAMN good employee I was and how I LOVED Longbranch. I did nothing to deserve any of this and yet there are still those that spread rumors and gossip about me. So, I am correct in stating that there is not an honorable one in the whole bunch. I, however, have enough honor to apologize when I am wrong and I was wrong to post anything about the Longbranch. Please accept my sincerest apology.

As for Debbie, she IS an incredible person. In all the years I've known her, I have NEVER heard her say a harsh word against anyone. She deserves all the happiness in the world. She is kind, thoughtful, and loving... Chuck raised her well.

Further, there's hardly anyone that hasn't been touched by this hard economy. All of us 'mom and pop' businesses need to support one another (Longbranch, Latitude, Mike & C's, Season Tickets, etc.). We will be the first to fall if we don't. I hear what our vendors are telling us and know that times are hard for all of us. That being said, you are right, we don't need to badmouth one another. Again, I apologize.

The best to you,


Submitted by gatorljh on Sun, 02/01/2009 - 5:14pm.

You have nothing to apologize for. You said what was on your mind. I respect you for that. There should be more people in the world that do it. As far as what took place between myself and you, You did what you felt was best for you and your family. I did what I felt was best for The Branch. I have and always will have the utmost respect for you and your family. May GOD BLESS YOU AND THEM and see that you and your family prosper in the years to come.

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Submitted by dawn69 on Sun, 02/01/2009 - 10:26pm.

An apology was absolutely called for, when I'm wrong - I admit it. I'm human, I make mistakes (often), I sometimes misspeak, I can be just as petty as anyone, sometimes I let hurt feelings guide me, but ALWAYS I will admit when I'm wrong. That is just what good people do.

I spoke to an old friend today who was hurt by what I said. I guess that is what pains me the most. I lumped ALL those at Longbranch into one category and should not have done so. I hope that Angie, Jackie, Flip, and the Lisas know that I was not speaking of them (and I don't even know Kelley). Please accept my humble apology, I have always held you all dear to me. I was not even thinking of you in particular when I made that blanket statement (twice).

A few months ago, I was told to fire an employee. When Tim arrived at the restaurant and saw that server waiting on tables he just shook his head at me. All I could say was "She was crying, I just couldn't do it!" so we gave her a third chance. Kris, I know that it was hard on you to have to fire me. You probably had more strength than me in that situation. The difference was that we were friends for years and I guess I just didn't feel that you went to bat for me. But all in all you were just doing your job.

Well, I do not wish any ill luck to you as we may all be homeless when the depression hits. I would no more enjoy seeing you fail than I would our own restaurant and do not wish to engage in any further spiteful commentary.

Sometimes, change is good and in the past year I have met new people and forged new friendships. I'm sure that you all have too. I have also learned alot about the 'behind the scenes' of running a restaurant. It's a crazy business for crazy people!

P.S. I was given a slight tongue lashing by Tim for what I did. I want you to know that I represented myself with my comments and not Latitude.

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