The Arbor Cafe Closes

A sign on the door says that a recent deal to sell the business fell through, leaving the owner Scott Sadler, with no choice but to shut the doors for good. The potential buyer blamed the poor economic conditions for his decision not to go through with the deal. Good luck Scott and staff.

7 comments:

Pam Hawk said...

Oh that's really too bad.

I remember a few years ago, when the Salem C of C or SCVA had a chef's competition in the Historic Elsinore lobby. My hubby was the Sous Chef of the Red Lion Hotel at that time, and made beef wellington and chocolate rum truffles. The Arbor Cafe made some sort of pancake or black bean salsa, I think? Anyway, the Arbor Cafe won the competition, beating out JJames and Willaby's.

I wish everyone at The Arbor the best of luck in taking care of business and moving on, and hope to see their talent and service elsewhere around town... soon!

KandN said...

No more enticing smells wafting through that block? It was torture when I was on a quick errand to B of A.

RH said...

It is very sad that the Cafe couldn't survive. I was the catering manager and a chef there from 96-04. We made a lot of good food, and catered some great events. The original owners were wonderful and I have missed working for them.

Anonymous said...

I worked there....and I am honestly not surprised they decided to close. They are not a good business and treated their employees poorly. While I worked there, our main chef quit and it was quite turmoil back in the kitchen. They were not a company I would recommend anyone work for.

Anon said...

I worked there and I am not in the least surprised that they closed. They were a horrible company to work for. The food their made me sick countless times, they treated their employees poorly, and while I was working there, the head chef was threatened and quit because of such...there were also many hires and quits/fires while I worked there, my resignation included. They expect their employees to give an arm and a leg to perform there...very unrealistic. It was not the company it used to be, the cute little cafe I remember going to with my grandmother when I was a child.

Anonymous said...

(Daniele Duran, Barista at the Arbor Cafe and Bakery before the doors closed)

In regards to the comment posted from Anonymous:

My name is Daniele Duran, or Dani to most of my customers. I worked for Scott Sadler for a year at The Arbor and I happen to disagree about the work conditions. To me The Arbor was a FAMILY and when we had a good team the café ran smoothly, like clockwork. Our team worked with each other and backed each other up even when it got chaotic. Not only did everyone care about each other on a work level, but we also cared about each other on a personal level. It may have been HARD work but we had fun and took pride in how well we did our jobs. In this business you have to be able to work really hard all the time with a positive attitude for little or sometimes no appreciation for the work you’re doing. This is definitely a business that not all people are made for. I worked at the Arbor because I loved the people I meet, the jokes, the “fast paced busy all the time” environment, the close relationships with my customers (most on a first name basis), the friends I made and because I LOVED being a barista. The food was great and so were the drinks, I find that now when I go somewhere else I am comparing it to The Arbor. Nothings ever just like it. I loved my job and I loved working for Scott. Not only is he a great boss he is a great friend. I learned so much in the year that I worked there and I have grown so much because of the advice and guidance of Scott AND his wife Ingrid. Even now after the closing of The Arbor they are still there trying to help me with any obstacles that I have, letting me know of job leads that I might be interested in and offering me support during my unemployment. If I had a choice to do it over knowing full well that the café would end up closing, I would still work there. I wouldn’t trade my experiences and lessons learned from The Arbor for anything…
Daniele L. Duran

Big Fan said...

One has only to have had employees at any time in any business to recognize "Anonymous." Fortunately we manage to weed them out eventually and reward ourselves daily with folks like Dawn, Dani, and Dago at The Arbor Cafe. Thank you, Scott and Ingrid and the entire Arbor Cafe staff for the warm smiles and wonderful food. We will miss you. Best of success in your future endeavors.