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Comment Archives: Locations: Food and Drink: General Fare: 1 Star

Re: “Couva Calypso Cafe

I'm going to do more than simply review a restaurant, I'm going to provide an insight into the type of person the owner is. Today I had to go get my phone repaired so I ducked into iHospital (love it!) and was told I had a forty minute wait. Now, they have a very comfy waiting area but it was lunch time and I thought having a bite at a local place would be an excellent way to spend the time. Calypso Cafe shares a parking lot with iHospital and several other businesses at Elliston Point plaza, but I had no interest in partaking in their boring soggy chicken, under-seasoned beans or any faux-carribean slop they serve there. If I want legit good cuban food I go to Back to Cuba Cafe on the corner of Harding and Trousdale. No, I intended to walk across the street to a landmark Nashville institution and have a spectacular, greasy, delicious burger at Rotiers. Upon exiting the parking lot I am yelled at by a rather unhinged looking older white dude wearing jungle-Jim wear threatening to have my car towed. Now, I can understand that the lot is for paying customers of businesses of Elliston Point plaza. Leeching parking is no bueno. I tell the guy (strained but politely) that I was actually a customer of iHospital and was just going to have some lunch while I waited for my phone to be repaired. He advised me it didn't matter, if I left the lot my car was getting towed. At this point I'm angry. I tell him, that it didn't matter if I sit in Rotiers or if I sit in iHospital, my car was staying exactly where it was, so what was the deal? I get the 'those are the rules' lines, at this point I ask for his name, who he works for and who owns the plaza. He tells me his name is Phil and he works for 'Elliston Partners' , which I assumed was the property management company. I tell him I think it's extraordinarily rude and not customer focused to have such policies.. but I turn right back around and sit in iHospital for the full forty minutes while my phone is getting fixed. I'd be dead or in jail before I moved my car before then. When I get inside I'm informed the guy doesn't work for the property company, he's the owner of Calypso Cafe and that this has been an ongoing problem. I noticed he was only harassing people who were leaving the lot for Rotier's. Several other people left for other destinations off the property and weren't addressed at all. In short, this guy obviously feels his business can't compete with Rotier's and that his valuable time as a business owner is best spent browbeating the other customers at Elliston Point in an attempt to bully them into his restaurant or at least drive business away from his competitors. I will never eat at Calypso Cafe again and I urge anybody who appreciates civility and common sense to do likewise.

Posted by J.C. on 08/14/2012 at 8:27 PM

Re: “Cracker Barrel Old Country Store

Terrible, greasy American fare. The few times I've gone, I have NOT enjoyed the food - very much what one would expect from a chain restaurant. Plus, every time, parking has been a hassle and there has been a long wait to be seated. Pass it by.

Posted by Johnny Uhr on 08/08/2011 at 10:47 AM

Re: “Couva Calypso Cafe

Had not been to one in years so we thought we would try Elliston place. The redhead with the chest tattoo was rude once we walked in the door. We apologized for our forgetting that we had to wait to be seated and she was still belligerent and rude. We walked right out and never coming back again.
Wife added "l they didn't have a hostess or server anywhere near the entrance. No one said anything to us when we came in, and the menus where already on all the I assumed you sat yourself. Then and only then did someone acknowledge our presence and she was unnecessarily rude and flat out bitchy about it."

Posted by Nashblackcat on 07/02/2011 at 1:54 PM

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