Restaurant News and Reviews from Salem, Oregon
Scuttlebutt I just heard is that Chef Rick Holguin is leaving Spoons NW Bistro...by my count that's at least four chefs since the first of the year...what on earth is happening with that place. Chef Rick was great!!
I wonder if it has to do with the physical environment of the restaurant? Maybe the chefs are hoping for atmosphere that enhances the dinner hour. Just a thought.
As a regular diner at Spoons through all the chefs I have to agree your right, cook Rick was great! So are the recipes I'm sure he gathered from the internet! I was enjoying a meal the night he walked out of the restaurant cursing and screaming at his coworkers. I was horrified at how someone could treat another human being like that in FRONT of customers. After all that commotion the staff and fellow customers became quickly aware of the smell of exhaust filling the restaurant and I was told later (with many apologies) from the server that the cook had his motorcycle backed to the door and let the bikes exhaust go inside while he "gunned" the engine. I say the new owners and the general public are a lot better off having someone else with more maturity handling the food. One last thing, why not mention how Spoons still has been a quality place to have a nice meal through out the staff changes? We will continue to enjoy ourselves and hope that many others will as well!
This place is not the same! New owners, same boring specials, understaffed, always FREEZING and closed early half the time. Staff is ok but not very "educated" on wine and food. I used to come in all the time with my gal pals and relied heavyly on the suggestions of the manager Casey, now that he's gone we all are driving the extra couple of miles to go to Bentleys. Get it together Spoons are you will soon be a memory of south Salem dining!
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