This is a less than stellar “drive by” shot that I had done in Englewood, Tennessee. I’m trying to figure out what this building used to be and given that right down the road from it is the now empty Allied Hosiery factory, it may be connected to Englewood’s humble beginnings as a textile/railroading town.
This is literally the best picture I could muster of the mailbox and “For Sale” sign that was post in front of Asahi. Sad thing is, the restaurant was already looking a bit overgrown when I first ate there.
This is in Athens, Tennessee.
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1.) When I was in high school, I was the editor of the school newspaper during my Junior and Senior year. There were 2 different staffs and I was in charge of the smaller one, which had 3 people. We were somehow able to put together an entire newspaper for such a short deadline, which impressed a lot of people. Because of this, I won an award for being the best editor of the school newspaper.
2.) Speaking of newspapers, I used to work for the local paper years ago. Due to unfair wages(I was promised to be paid $8.25 an hour and my highest paycheck was $26), an obsessive rivalry with another local newspaper, and the fact that my boss tried to use me as a human shield, I quit after working there for a month. I quickly learned that even in the local media, there is a lot of corruption, corruption that cannot be fixed by one person.
3.) I don’t know how to write in cursive, save for my full name. This is because my 3rd grade teacher was an alcoholic and spent most of the year hungover in the back of the classroom.
4.) If my late Papaw is to be believed, I’m somehow related to Herbert Hoover, the 31st president of the United States. I don’t think I’d want to admit to that, either.
5.) Because of an injury I had suffered at work a few years ago, I walk with a slight limp. I was filling the milk one evening and all of a sudden, one of the crates broke in two. I was attempting to move the milk crates to the other side of the cooler. This caused a chain reaction and the milk came tumbling down on me, almost crushing my left leg. I never went to the doctor for it and as a result, I have developed arthritis in it. Whenever it gets really hot or really cold, my leg is both so sore and stiff that I can barely move around.
Pictured here is the drive-thru that went behind Asahi. Back in the day, the building used to house the local Hardee’s until a new location was built up the highway. Asahi had to-go orders, but one must wonder the quality of the food.
Also, notice how bright the colors are in the photo? That’s due to the setting on the camera called “Ultra Vivid”. My dad let me borrow his camera, which is a Canon Powershot ELPH-150. It takes really good photos and it can easily fit in my purse.
This is in Athens, Tennessee.
I can remember the first time I had ever eaten at Asahi. Because my co-workers were constantly raving about it, I decided to pique my curiosity and go over there during my lunch break one day. This was probably sometime during 2011. Mind you all, my former workplace likes to start lunch at 11, the time when a lot of restaurants would stop serving breakfast. Asahi opened right at 11, which meant for me that I wouldn’t have to wait too long.
What really struck me as odd is that when I went to pull up in the parking lot, I had noticed that the concrete was cracked in places, with weeds growing through the cracks. Around the entrance, on the wood finish, the wood was starting to show signs of decay. This should’ve given me a red flag. If this restaurant is not caring about its outside appearance, then its inside would not be any better. As I opened up the front door, I expected to be greeted by a hostess with a menu in hand, saying, “Hello, welcome to Asahi!”. However, I was greeted by this guy in his early 20s that had a scowl on his face, as if to say, “Great. We have a customer as soon as we open the door.” I took a seat next to the window overlooking the highway.
My waiter didn’t say hi or anything. He just slung the menu down in front of me and hatefully asked if I wanted a drink. I told him I wanted a Coke. He returned a few minutes later with my drink and I told him what I wanted. Keep in mind that I was the only patron in the restaurant for the first 30 minutes. I had sat there for so long that I had completely drank my Coke. It had been well over 20 minutes and my food still wasn’t there. I also needed a refill. I looked over and seen that on the other side of the dining area, my waiter was sitting at a table with his co-workers and texting on his phone. I was hungry and I was starting to get a little peeved.
Being that I work in the public and have worked in the public for 5 years, I understand that we all have good days and bad days. I also understand that you can either be nice to people or you can be the biggest prick alive. There is a difference between accidentally taking your frustrations out on a customer and just being downright mean. I’ve been in the business long enough. I can tell. This guy plainly didn’t want to be there.
After about 25 minutes, I finally got my food. I asked politely for more Coke. I never got it. I also never got a ticket saying how much I owed. I walked up to the cashier up front and had to hassle with her on what I ordered. She had also been texting on her phone. By then, I was pissed. There was no excuse for any of this. For the first time in my life, I didn’t leave a tip. I always leave a tip for my server at a restaurant, but I didn’t leave one here. I did not want this place to get another cent from me. Adding insult to injury, I got sick after eating there. I swore that I’d never eat there again.
It doesn’t come as a surprise to me that Asahi was closed down. It was even more surprising why it was closed down. I always figured it was due to the economy or because the building was so old. Back in the day, it used to be a Hardee’s. When I found out it was closed due to health code violations, I was more mortified than anything.
This is in Athens, Tennessee.
If you are from Athens, Tennessee or live in the McMinn County area, you might be familiar with the building shown in this photo that I had taken this afternoon. I had to work in Athens today due to their store being shorthanded. Because today was technically my day off, I was allowed to go home at 1:30 this afternoon, which left me with some spare time to take a few photos of old places in Athens. I rarely venture out into McMinn County, so I knew that I had to make these photos count. Naturally, Athens was insanely busy at the time that I had clocked out, which made things difficult for me.
Anyhow, pictured here is the rotting husk of what was once the Asahi Japanese Grill. I was transferred to the current location that I’m at now approximately 3 years ago. Asahi was still open back then. However, I had been hearing some rather disturbing rumors on the restaurant, rumors that made me immediately regret ever eating there. According to the area health inspector, Asahi consistently received horrible reviews during inspections. The reviews pointed towards certain violations ranging from bugs being in the kitchen to rats being seen scurrying about near the food prep areas. Needless to say, this restaurant screwed itself over. It did not clean up its act and as a result, it was closed down for good sometime during 2013. It had only been open for 3 years.
OMG—-Jared from Subway made a cameo appearance in Sharknado 2. This movie has really pulled out the stops with celebrity guest stars—Mark McGrath from Sugar Ray, Kelly Osbourne as a plane stewardess, Billy Ray Cyrus as a doctor, D.C. Douglas as a construction worker, the crew from the Today show…I just can’t wait to see who will make an appearance next.
I am also loving the fact that the movie has absolutely no shame, constantly breaks the forth wall, and shows us that it really doesn’t give a flying flip that it’s a hilariously bad movie. It takes itself so seriously in parts(the How to Survive a Sharknado book and Weather woman warning about a “Monster Storm”) that it’s hysterical.