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710 days ago

Reading the three other reviews of this item suggests that this is a thoroughly shitty restaurant.

I bet they're a lousy printer too.

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710 days ago

Never Again! This was my first and last time going to Phil the Fire! I was asked to attend an engagement party on a Friday night, so I looked on-line at the menu to see what kind of food they served. My intentions were to order the Cat fish and french fries. I get there to find out that the menu offered is "Family Style" and did not have anything that I wanted available. So I asked one of the managers if I could order off the regular menu. He said "sure, as long as you're the only one" . Weird, but OK. So, as I'm looking at the menu, some other people wanted to order different items too. Then the same manager came over to tell me the I CAN NOT order now because there is more then one person trying to do the same thing as me. WTF??!! I have never been to any restaurant that served Family Style meals tell me that I cant have the option to order from the regular menu. We were pretty Livid at this time. So, Phil (the owner of Phil the Fire) Came over and in so many words did not want to compromise with us. He said that when the reservation was made, it was for Family style and that its impossible for them to cook our food. REALLY???!!! 'Impossible' huh?....oh, OK. I have been working in the food industry for over 5 years, and in that time I have never told a PAYING customer that it was Impossible to fulfill their needs. So I told him that if he was willing to have me sit here, not eat, not pay for what I wanted off the menu; then I would tell all my Family, and friends and the INTERNET about how unaccommodating he was with me. So, of course after a few more kind threats, He finally told us that we can eat, but were not allowed to sit with the rest of our party. LOL WOW... But OK. Sam was our servers name, I ordered a cocktail.....It took 20 mins for me to get it. "um Sam, where is my drink"....oh, its coming. Well, how much longer?? "um, let me check". OK, a much needed drink after an hour of sitting with no service. OK, I'm feeling a bit better. until it took another HOUR for my Fried fish and french fries to come out!! Sam was nowhere to be found, No one at the table had silverware and I wanted a glass of water. I asked the Food Runner Justin for a water, He told me that I had to wait because there were no free glasses available! So that's why it took so long to get my cocktail.....NOT ENOUGH GLASSES for the PAYING customers??? And where were the silverware???....oh they are running through the washer now....NO CLEAN SILVERWARE either!!!???? I Am too out done with this establishment!!! My food was under cooked....the french fries were double dipped in grease to reheat them up. They were clearly soggy and limp. This whole time our server Nor management staff came by to check on us. I was so ready to go. But could not find Sam anywhere. I had to get up and walk the entire restaurant to find him. When I did he looked at me like I was interrupting what he was doing...... I paid for the horrible food and service and left. The only thing that was good from the whole experience was Justin. He clearly should have gotten my tip for the evening. NEVER GO TO PHIL THE FIRE!!!!

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739 days ago

I Had A Bad Experience At Your Resturant Saturday. I Hope You Don't Practice What You've Done Downtown It's a mess,Have More Potential In What You Do Far As Being A Manager. We Had To Wait A Half Hour Just To get your service! Get It Right Phil!!!! Train Your Staff Alot More Or get a New One,Sorry But You Have Lost My Service.GoodBye!

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958 days ago

Over 30 years of experience and it definitely shows!

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1058 days ago

i paid auto repair warranty $1699.00 for a extended warranty on a 2005 chev. 2500 deisel in june of 2008. i now know that they are now operating under travelers auto warranty. i can not get anyone on the phone at auto repair warranty but did get hold of someone at travelers which they denied any association with auto repair warranty. i understand that you are handling this case.i contacted the clerk of the court for cuyahoga county and they gave me a case number cv10725427. if i can join your case please let me know. you can contac me at sasseygal @ or by phone # 205-285-9044 or by cell # 205-383-9466 leonard foster p.o. box 66---new castle,ala. 35119 THANKS ANY HELP WHOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED.

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1073 days ago

If you got caught by this company like I did. Here is the email of the attorney who is doing a group action suit. [email protected],com. The lawyers ar Sherman Leary. I hope this help someone. Now this company is operating unter Traveler's Auto Warranty, in Cleveland, OHIO but will not honor any claims from the other company. I hope this helps anyone who got caught like me, now I have no coverage, very frustrating.

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1183 days ago

Corruption in Sustainable Community Associates
Oberlin Review (April 21, 2006):

In a June 23, 2003, e-mail to Oberlin city manager Rob Dispirito, Sustainable Community Associates (SCA) President Josh Rosen extolled the virtues of "a very successful minority-owned business in Cleveland" identified as Phil the Fire. Relating SCA’s bilateral negotiations, Rosen drooled:

"They are interested in opening up a location in our building. This would become a real destination point for folks in Lorain County and be a major score for Oberlin. He asked me what programs or incentives Oberlin offers given he is looking at other locations in Lorain County. I was wondering if either the City or OCIC had a low interest loan pool or some other incentive program that can be explored. I was also curious as to what if any programs existed for minority businesses and minority business recruitment. We expect to meet with the owner sometime next week, and I think it would greatly improve Oberlin’s prospects of landing this business if we could discuss potential incentives with him."

On March 14 and March 29, 2003, Ben & Jerry’s co-founder Jerry Greenfield, Oberlin College class of ‘73, executed two $20,000 promissory notes to Phil B. Davis, Phil the Fire’s flamboyant proprietor, at prime plus 200 basis points, collateralized by an equity stake in Phil the Fire. Mr. Davis, a former deodorant salesman, failed to make a single payment on the bargain-rate loans. On October 31, 2003, the well-heeled ice cream czar and the wannabe waffle king consummated a Halloween wing-and-a-prayer loan consolidation through a $100,000 line of credit issued by Shore Bank. Mr. Davis subsequently defaulted on every facet of the original loans.

According to Cuyahoga County Court records, Phil the Fire’s tax returns, prepared by leading public accounting firm SS & G, show a loss of nearly $50,000 in 2002. In an amended July 19, 2004, brief attached to the extensive litigation spawned by Phil the Fire’s demise, Phil B. Davis declares on line #93, "Defendant never claimed that the operations of Phil the Fire on Shaker Square had yielded a profit after its first year of operations." The Ohio Department of Taxation affixed eight liens totaling $69,555.63 to Phil the Fire’s Shaker Square carcass. The Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation weighed in with unpaid claims of $7,265.37.

Mr. Davis’ Shaker Square operation inherited the retail storefront formerly occupied by Hungarian strudel purveyor Lucy’s Sweet Surrender, a 49-year Buckeye neighborhood fixture employing a bevy of elderly, veteran strudel kneaders. On assuming the balance of Lucy’s ten-year lease, Mr. Davis seized $75,000 in specialized bakery equipment belonging to Lucy’s proprietor Michael Feigenbaum. Lucy’s never fully recovered and, according to Mr. Feigenbaum’s Hotel Bruce web posting, is "living on fumes."

On Sunday, March 26, 2006, the Cleveland Plain Dealer ran a front-page expose detailing the implosion of both the Shaker Square and downtown Phil the Fire and Waterhouse Restaurants, established with the financial backing of fugitive Atlanta hedge fund manager Kirk Wright. I, not any member of this body [Oberlin City Council], was the original source for that story.

Wanted on state and federal mail and securities fraud warrants for allegedly absconding with $185 million in investor assets, Wright targeted novice minority investors, particularly professional athletes with significant discretionary income. Equipped, according to the New York Post, with "a materialistic streak that would make Madonna blush," Wright’s illicitly acquired auto collection included a Bentley, a Jaguar, an Aston Martin, a BMW and a Lamborghini. A March 9, 2006, Wall Street Journal article reported Mr. Wright’s financial seductions occurred in "suites he rented at Atlanta Falcon football games." Since February 2002, SCA’s financial patron, Home Depot co-founder Arthur Blank, has owned the Atlanta Falcons. According to Phil B. Davis’ Cuyahoga County court filings, Davis "met twice with Wright in Plaintiff’s Atlanta office."

In a short, tumultuous five-month life-span, Phil the Fire’s illiquid downtown Cleveland gravy train racked up well in excess of a million dollars in unpaid debts and forfeitures — including over $15,000 in Ohio workers compensation liens — was on a C.O.D. basis with vendors and, according to Phil Davis’ July 28, 2004, court filings, had a chronic negative cash flow. Channel 19 reporter Scott Taylor ran an investigative piece broadcast March 14, 2004, on Phil the Fire Gateway’s imminent meltdown. On March 23, 2004, the IRS slapped a $226,259 tax lien on Phil the Fire for failure to pay federal withholding taxes. On April 15, 2004, Phil the Fire employees picketed outside the swank downtown eatery to protest their untendered paychecks. Although Phil Davis’ initial capital contribution to the Gateway Phil the Fire restaurant was a nominal $100, as set forth in the operating agreement, Mr. Davis retained a 60% ownership stake. On March 31, 2004, as the downtown Phil the Fire hemorrhaged cash and the chickens came home to roost, Mr. Davis borrowed $20,000, via a promissory note, from Phil the Fire’s talented chef, Alexander Daniels. Despite receiving $50,000 from Mr. Wright on April 26, 2004, in an impetuous, global out-of-court settlement, Mr. Davis defaulted on the bulk ($15,000) of Mr. Daniels’ unsecured loan and a contracted $11,000 culinary consultant’s fee.

SCA’s failure to properly vet potential vendors is a classic example of the inevitable pitfalls of delegating substantial operational control of a major development project to irresponsible, inept neophytes. This is the Rubicon where the insufficient rubber check meets the incandescent yellow brick road. Last time I inquired, despite legions of tree-huggers, Oberlin wasn’t blessed with a biodegradable bond rating. SCA’s profligate, pedigreed opportunists treat Oberlin’s municipal reserves like Paris Hilton’s trust fund. Since March 25, 2005, these insufferable mendicants have squandered over $154,000 in HUD EDI Special Projects Funds — in addition to cannibalizing the city’s legal budget to the tune of $67,300 and inflicting economic development costs of $8,800 — on a poorly designed, fiscally untenable, perennially altered boondoggle that has yet to be formally submitted to the city planning board. This convoluted "reverse brain drain" Wrong Way Corrigan albatross deserves rapid embalmment, a cryogenic freeze or serious Freudian analysis.

-Mark Chesler
Oberlin, OH p_1.htm

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1186 days ago

We are a relative new company and been in the business for two years or so, yes we're looking for business. We haul what others won't for a reaonable price. Call today and schedule a time to have your junk removed and hauled away.

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1208 days ago

recently worked with a client who is web hosting with n2net and OMG! They are, hands down the WORST host I ever dealt with. They have slow server and from what I can tell a one-man tech support who blames every issue on the customer. Stay away from n2net!

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1216 days ago

This company in my book is a zero,do not waste your money on them.I began feeling a little uneasy about this company so I got on-line 3/1/10 to check on it.Come to find out the company is out of business.I called my credit card company to file a dispute with them.We will see how that goes.I tried the numbers on my cards and they are no longer in service.HopefullyI will get part of my 1099.00 back.I just took my policy out Nov 2,2009.It's a shame people can do this and probably move on as another company under a different name.I will be filing a report with Cleveland BBB and anybody else who will listen.You would think a company being around 15 years would have some kind of pride but unfortunately it's about how much money they can steal from their customers. We probably all need to file a class action suit against the owners so they will stop this permanately.I'm going to talk to UAW Legal services about this problem and will report back when something changes.

Update 5/1/2010
I talked to legal services and they said they could not do anything until something broke on my car and that I paid for it myself.Since I had no breakdowns,I contacted my credit card company.After 2 months i got back all my money back from this fraudulent company.I sent in all my paperwork plus all the complaints on this website.The ones who charged there warranty should get with their credit card company immediately.They credited my account with the whole 1099.00.My credit card was Discover.I hope this helps out

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