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Golden Skillet appears to have closed

Published 10:19am Friday, January 4, 2013

BY ANDREW FAISON/CONTRIBUTING WRITER
andrew.faison@tidewaternews.com

FRANKLIN—It appears the Franklin Golden Skillet at 1130 Armory Drive has closed.

Phone calls to the restaurant in Franklin went unanswered. No one was at the restaurant on Wednesday or Thursday.

Owner David Shields could not be reached at the Golden Skillet in Ahoskie, N.C., which he also owns. Repeated phone calls to Shields Kita and Southern Delights Catering, both owned by Shields in Ahoskie, were unreturned.

Martin Person, an employee at nearby Schewels Furniture, said he believes the restaurant closed Sunday. He saw people packing equipment into a truck on New Year’s Eve.

“I know it has to be tough for the employees,” Person said. “They were open and busy, the next day it’s closed.”

Shields has owned the Franklin restaurant since Feb. 26, 2010, said Mary Wiggins with the Franklin Commissioner of Revenue’s office.

“This is the first we are hearing about the restaurant closing,” Wiggins said Wednesday.

Prior to Shields’ ownership the restaurant was owned by H&S of Virginia Inc.

  • Makalani

    @franklinsince50 — “Chirp-Chirp-Chirp!”
    (dead silence — sound of crickets)

    Brilliant debating strategy “Watson!”
    You can’t very well claim an inability to make sense
    of ANYTHING I say — then respond! LOL
    “Touche!”

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  • DryRain

    I sure am going to miss the Big Skillet Chicken Sandwich. That beat out Chick-Fil-A sandwich any day of the week.

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  • Makalani

    @franklinsince50
    RE: “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…I can make no sense of anything Makalani says.”

    You have brought this to my attention twice! As Strother Martin said to Paul Newman in “Cool Hand Luke” — “what we have here is a failure to communicate!”

    I’m sorry you are still having problems making sense of my posts (written on an 8th grade level) and communicating cogent responses! But you give no reason — which leads to speculation:
    A. You goofed around in high school — didn’t learn reading comprehension/critical thinking skills?
    B. Didn’t make it to high school?
    C. Dyslexia? Dementia?
    D. Understand but enjoy playing the Devil’s advocate!

    PS– “HMMMMM!!” Nevermind my comments!
    Let’s test your comprehension!
    Can you make enough sense of the article to comment cogently on the closing of this “greasy spoon?”

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  • franklinsince50

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…I can make no sense of anything Makalani says.

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  • Makalani

    “OOPS:” To avoid speculation —
    my remarks are directed @FromHere’s
    “January 9, 2013 at 8:45 am”
    remarks to my remarks!

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  • Makalani

    The story gave no definitive reason for the owners abruptly closing up shop and absconding! Readers are left to speculate. My “speculative” commentary is sprinkled with “probably” — “maybe” — “perhaps” — “wonder” and a “?” mark — not stated as facts.

    However — not shy about defending my remarks/eager to debate at the drop of a stale French fry — I will address your “speculations.”

    RE: “For those that do not wish to eat “greasy” food…”
    Same as one’s INALIENABLE RIGHT to own an AR-15 assault rifle/instrument of mass murder — I would never question anyone’s INALIENABLE RIGHT to eat greasy “garbarge” (urban slang pronunciation of “garbage“)! One is certainly free to do so to their heart‘s content/detriment.

    However — given the recent mass slaughters of innocents by gunnutz/wackos — the obesity/high blood pressure epidemic (particularly among Black folx) — I would certainly question one’s NEED to own a weapon of war and to eat greasy “garbarge!” Not to mention a recent story highlighting Franklin’s residents as being some of the unhealthiest in VA!

    My speculation about the greasy food served at this establishment is actually borne of personal experience. I sampled their food TWICE — my FIRST and LAST TIME! LOL A lady friend of mine loved their food and once brought me a takeout fish dinner. I couldn’t get past the rank — stale grease odor of the food — told her “thanks but no thanks”/passed.

    RE: “If you knew their food was spoiled,”
    I did not STATE this as fact — I qualified my statement with “maybe.”

    RE: “… I imagine you can also find out if they owed taxes.”
    This speculative question arose from the fact the owners SEEMED to have packed up abruptly and left town. MOST responsible businesses announce a closing date and do so in an orderly fashion. Given Franklin’s SOMETIME lax tax collection procedures — that question is probably more than just rhetorical! LOL

    RE: “…stayed full of people every meal when they were open.” Such a business with SRO crowds would PROBABLY have some value if put up for sale — based on it‘s popularity/profitability.

    Why would the owners of a SEEMINGLY popular/profitable business (your speculation) — close abruptly and not sell?

    You care to speculate more about my speculations questioning your speculations — questioning my speculations?

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  • Brycealek

    Closed because they’re nasty.

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  • skooch

    I am sure that the Franklin Health Department kept a keen eye on them and was inspecting on a regular basis…lol

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  • Makalani

    If this “greasy spoon” was having cash flow/$$ problems — it’s probably best that they folded their tent and left town. It is bad enough that they served mostly greasy — fried– artery clogging foods. When one thinks maybe they were cutting corners to save $$ — skimping on cleaning supplies/spraying for pests — perhaps not changing the grease as often — not throwing out food on the cusp of spoilage/doctoring it up/cooking/serving it to an unsuspecting public… “brrrrr” — I shudder at the thought.

    I wonder if they were current on the
    food tax payments/$$ owed to the City of Franklin ?

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    • FromHere

      For those that do not wish to eat “greasy” food, there are other places they can eat. People went to the Golden Skillet because they wanted their food. Don’t know why they’d have the “cash flow” problems, because it stayed full of people every meal when they were open. I don’t believe I have ever heard of anyone saying they received a meal that was on the “cusp of spoilage”. If you knew their food was spoiled, I imagine you can also find out if they owed taxes.

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  • employee2

    Have you been to Farm Fresh at dinner time? They have been selling fried chicken that is great and lower priced than both KFC and the “skillet”.

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  • chilimac72

    I am concerned with the reporting personally. So the best person we could get an answer from was a Schewel’s employee. Maybe they should have asked at KFC or Don Pancho’s? Seriously, put out the information you have but leave the fact investigative reporting out of it. Between this type of work and the ignorance I wonder why I buy this paper.

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  • simplifyingit

    guess FSEDI is really paying off bigtime huh?? Giving to the rich and breaking the poor..ie tax breaks for Enviva and none for small business. Meanwhile when the “green energy” grants stop coming in from the Fed Govt, say ten years from now or less, IP and Enviva will be gone with the wind!

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    • joewiththedirt

      ^^^ this guy knows alot of S41T about alot of S41T…..SMH

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  • Makalani

    Sprawl-Mart?
    Local crack houses?

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  • employee2

    Nice recovery, Golden skillet, William E. Wood. What/who will be the next to call it a day?

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