Derailed Diner

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  1. navypoppop

    navypoppop Medium Load Member

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    Oh he'll no it happened yesterday. The wife and I were out Rving and planned our lunch break at the Oasis Travel Center in Robertsdale, AL. and sit down at The Derailed Diner but nope it was closed with a small sign " Closed because we are unable to properly staff the restaurant".

    The "tourist trap store", fuel desk and fast food restaurants were fully staffed so it's hard to understand the problem with the diner. Without a good sit down restaurant this becomes just a fuel stop and tourist trap like the Pilots. Cross this one off our preferred places to stop at.
     
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  3. mustang190

    mustang190 Road Train Member

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    I crossed it off a few years ago.
     
  4. buzzarddriver

    buzzarddriver Road Train Member

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    The staff probably went to work at the Buc-ee's one exit west.:)
     
  5. navypoppop

    navypoppop Medium Load Member

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    Good for them if that's what they wanted. After we passed Buccee's it was a huge cluster mess. The traffic going in and out was backed up about 20 cars deep, the ramp for I-10 West was lined up all the way back to the gas islands. Like I have said before to Buccee's, if the only trucks that you allow on your property are your fuel tankers and supplies being delivered, you can have it and all the headaches that go with it. I won't set foot in any one of their stores because of that policy.
     
  6. mustang190

    mustang190 Road Train Member

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    Don’t waste your time with a Bucees. Just a tourist trap. But they do have clean latrines. :)
     
  7. GYPSY65

    GYPSY65 Road Train Member

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    That’s been closed for awhile
    We had chicken from whoever is in there and I think we tossed it out

    They do have a decent beer selection tho
     
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  8. Long FLD

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    It was a regular stop for me when I was running cattle out of FL. I’d sit down and eat if I was empty but loaded I’d grab Subway usually. At that time the Subway and chicken employees came from a prerelease center. Throw a $5 in the tip jar and you’d get a double meat foot long for the price of a regular 6” sandwich.
     
  9. bthomann

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    Well, that sucks. That was one of my favorite places. And the atmosphere was so unique and you could
    tell they put a lot of thought into it. Guess I won't stop there, either. What a shame, too. The food was
    always good and the homemade fudge couldn't be beat! Thanks for letting us know, my friend.
     
  10. Sirscrapntruckalot

    Sirscrapntruckalot Road Train Member

    If I had to guess, my guess would be, they couldn't compete with the pay offered by other places, combined with rising food costs and there ya go.

    Those tourist traps usually will pay a 13+ an hour, and a lot less ######## to deal with than working in a kitchen or as a server.

    Shame though it went under. Good places to eat are hard to find.

    Ever bring the RV to my sandbar, reach out and I'll have a couple excellent spots for you to try. ;)

    Folks who RV are good folks in my book. I got to spend a winter with a bunch of Full time rv'ers back in 2008 when I worked for Amazon. Awesome folks. Just all around good people. Couple of oddballs but even they were fun.

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