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Monday, July 26, 2010

Hickory Tavern

About a month ago a few of us went to a local restaurant called Hickory Tavern on a Saturday night because our friend Dave heard they were doing Karaoke. It is also a good place to drink 16 oz. cans of PBR's.   Once the karaoke started it got really bad really quick. The DJ (when he wasn't pumping weak ass Toni Braxton dance music) was busy letting all his "boys" sing multiple songs, mostly R&B and it took an hour and fifteen minutes after Dave put in his request to be called up.  All in all it was just an awful experience and my friends said I should write an email to the manager and complain... below is my exchange with the manager.

I used my alias Danny Copleland:

Good Afternoon,
2 Saturdays ago my friends and I decided to come to your Pinehurst location because we heard you would have Karaoke.  This seemed like it was going to be a good time because we love your restaurant as well as karaoke.  However by the end of the night we could not believe how bad the DJ was.  One of my friends waited 1 hour 15 minutes after signing up to sing before he was called up while we watched the DJ's friends sing 2 or 3 times a piece.  This is not good business.

His reply:
Thanks for the email Danny… I appreciate you letting me know what happened on our karaoke night. I was out of town and therefore did not witness the events but I have spoken to our DJ and assure you this will not happen again… he could not recall exactly how things went down but we came to agreement about how his list and lineup was to work. I believe if you come to our next one, you will experience a different and better time. Once again, thanks for bringing to my attention and I look forward to seeing you in the restaurant in the near future
Eric Rainwater
Hickory Tavern
My reply:

Thank you for your quick response to my email as well as speaking with your DJ.  I must say that I am not surprised he is having trouble recalling the events of that night as he was preoccupied doing his best Don Cornelius impersonation.  I even found myself looking for cameras because it felt like we were in the middle of a Soul Train episode.  Don't get me wrong, I am a big Soul Train fan but having made a special trip to your restaurant for karaoke you can imagine my confusion.

When I was young my brother and I loved to horseplay in the living room.  My brother, being older, was a bad influence on me and one day he found a roll of my Dad's stamps and decided he would lick them one by one and attach them to our cat.  We could have mailed that cat to China and back when he finished and while we thought it was funny I can assure you my Dad did not. He decided that a spanking was in order and although I did nothing wrong I got the worst end of the deal because I had to be spanked second which meant I had to witness the beating given to my brother and would know what's coming.  While I was waiting I remember sitting in front of the TV and being mesmerized.  It was Soul Train and it was my first time seeing a dance show on TV, I was instantly hooked.  I was enjoying it so much that the sting of my father's hand did not seem to bother me so much when it was my turn.  So you see Eric, I have nothing against Soul Train.

I know a great guy that does Karaoke here in the Pinehurst area and think he would be a great addition to the Hickory Tavern family.  What time should I tell him to stop by for an interview?

Danny Copeland
His reply:
That was an excellent Soul Train analogy Danny, I really enjoyed it. As for your friend, I am not currently in the market for a new DJ…I am quite certain my DJ understands what I expect out of him now and we will not have any further issues. I will definitely keep you  (him) in mind though if we decide to go a different route. Hope to see you this Saturday night
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Anonymous said...

Was this serious, because it hurts when I laugh this hard...

BeastHammer said...

Oh it's definitely legit. I wouldn't jeopardize the integrity of my site. Glad you enjoyed it.

WillyP said...

Loving it so much that I posted it to my Facebook & tagged Hickory Tavern, with this I expect changes to be made!

BeastHammer said...

That's great. Thanks WillyP

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