Tracy steakhouse closed
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
Oct 03, 2013 | 3494 views | 1 1 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A local steakhouse, Ye Olde Dogs, had its final dinner service Saturday, Sept. 28.

After 16 months, owners Maggie and Charlie Cruser decided to close their restaurant at 130 W. 11th St., citing a lack of business.

“It’s just that it just didn’t work,” Maggie Cruser said in a telephone interview Wednesday, Oct. 2.

“It started slowing down in May, and I couldn’t see staying there for the holidays and closing,” she said. “We had slow days in June, July and August. We decided in August we would close, we just didn’t know when. We came to a realization in September that breaking even wasn’t good enough anymore. It was very hard (decision).”

On Saturday, they had a farewell dinner with live music for their regular customers.

“I wanted to go out with grace, not out yelling and screaming,” she said.

The Crusers are considering purchasing a ranch and retiring. She said they are looking at properties in Texas, Arizona and New Mexico.

• Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at 830-4225 or drizzo@tracypress.

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October 07, 2013
While I dislike seeing a Tracy business close for any reason, I was not surprised about this place.

1st time I went with a 2 other friends. It was late afternoon and the place was empty. We waited for over 15 minutes before anyone greeted us and then another 10 minutes before we got to order. Our food came 30 minutes later (not bad timing) and it looked appetizing. However a few bites into our lunch, none of us were happy with our order (fish n chips, salad, sandwich.) Because it had only been open a few weeks, I decided to give it another chance.

A few months later, I came with 5 others for dinner. Maybe 16 tables were full. Again we waited 10-15 minutes before we were ever acknowledged. The service was lacking and the servers were rude. Food was under par for the price we were paying. Out table of 6 cost over $175.00! We all agreed we would never go back. You want a nice steak with a quiet atmosphere go to Magellans. You want a good steak and loud music to match, go to Texas Roadhouse.

Ye Old Dogs was doomed starting with it's name, it's location, it service, pricing and last but not least, the food.

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