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Albany Carino’s closes its doors

ALBANY, Ga. — Officials have confirmed that Johnny Carino’s Country Italian Restaurant on Kensington Court has closed its doors.

Miyauna Montfod, a manager at the establishment, told The Albany Herald on Monday that the eatery closed its doors for the last time on Sunday. She would not discuss the reason for the restaurant closed.

This news comes a little over three months after the opening of nearby Olive Garden, another Italian restaurant located on Dawson Road whose arrival to Albany had been highly anticipated.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 3 months ago

One more bites the dust prior to year-end and prior to having to cope with the excess costs of running a business due to Obama-Care.

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Terry.Lewis 1 year, 3 months ago

I think it probably had more to do with the Olive Garden opening up a half-mile away.

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TRUTH101 1 year, 3 months ago

smh.......you would blame the cold weather on the President.......

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 3 months ago

Cold weather is normal and I like cold weather. So, no.

But my Irritable Bowel Syndrome results do remind me of Him. Thanks for axxing.

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chinaberry25 1 year, 3 months ago

Both Terry. Carinos is just as good, but may cost more.

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Lawyer_To_Be 1 year, 3 months ago

The last time I was there, a manager was waddling around the restaurant too lazy to tie her shoes. If she keeps her personal appearance in such a lazy and sloppy manner, I can only imagine how she keeps the restaurant and how little respect the staff must have had for her. In turn, the staff was not concerned about the customers who pay their salary. The food was just okay and the service was terrible - such a shame as it was excellent when it first opened.

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Nonsporting 1 year, 3 months ago

My experience exactly, the three times I tried it. Never improved.

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alleebrin 1 year, 3 months ago

I wonder what criteria these business people follow when determining whether or not to open a business in Albany! Give Olive Garden six months and they will rue the decision to come to Albany!! Same problems no matter what the businesss might be - labor, labor, labor; sorry folks who don't really want to work, waiting for the paycheck and end of shift! And shoplifting galore!! I've said many times, anybody who puts their money and energy into Albany is a fool with more money than good sense!

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ustaknow 1 year, 3 months ago

Horrible service The last time I ate there, I could not help but wonder how they managed to stay open with the level of service they offered being substandard.

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kingd00 1 year, 3 months ago

Very true ustaknow. Carino's went from 4 stars to zero. Service was horrible and I never got a response from their offices when I communicated my experiences.

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VSU 1 year, 3 months ago

One would have to be blind not to see this coming.

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Amazed2 1 year, 3 months ago

Well its all about competition. Unfortunately when Carino's opened a few years ago the service was decent for that type of place. That said Carino's has been in decline for at least 2 or 3 years. Numerous management changes and not for the good they were a sitting duck for the competitor.I personally stopped going in Carino's about 2 years ago due to poor service and poor management and a decline in the food. Kind of like the Home Office just forgot about the Albany location. No surprise to me they closed.

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dickyboy 1 year, 3 months ago

Hope the same don't happen to Olive Garden... I've noticed since they first opened that the service is going down hill.. friends of mine went there last week for 20 minutes before walking out.. no one ever got there drink orders.. when the wait staff went fully local and the out of towners left it started a downward spiral.. our local folks seem to be shufflers.. same happened to Denny's years back... Management fault for not snapping the whip

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Jimboob 1 year, 3 months ago

We also had a poor experience on our last visit. It is a reflection on management. I always believed you get what you accept but I'm leery about complaining in a restaurant, if you know what I mean.

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ustaknow 1 year, 3 months ago

Chili's may be next due to poor service

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Oldguy 1 year, 3 months ago

Fresco Italiano Restaurante in Sylvester !!! Drive a little and you will be pleasantly surprised. Nice atmosphere, Excellent service, reasonable prices and very good food. After all The Olive Garden is the McDonalds of Italian food. Try it, you will like it.

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Amazed2 1 year, 3 months ago

A lot of Chains seem to lose focus. Albany is a tough market anyway so you need good service Unfortunately there is a limited pool of good wait staff and bar staff. They seem to move around. They go where they make the most. A marginal place is going to end up with marginal wait staff.

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Amazed2 1 year, 3 months ago

Went into Mcdonalds Leesburg one day last year. Guess what they were out of Ketchup? I asked how does Mcdonalds not have it? Answer we are waiting on the truck to run later today. Crazy? You would think the manager would go next door and buy some bottles of Ketchup to at least set on the counter. But guess not. I know they were waiting on the truck but you should do a better job of managing inventory.

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GG126 1 year, 3 months ago

I went to a local Subway a couple of years ago and they were out of white (Italian) bread. How can a sandwich business run out of bread?

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Shinedownfan 1 year, 3 months ago

I sure am gonna miss seeing my name up in lights. :(

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whattheheck 1 year, 3 months ago

Albany is notorious for poor service and when managers of chain locations are just like the servers it is death to the restaurant. I dropped Carino's years ago for the same reasons many have shown here. Olive Garden forced the "final solution" but it would have happened regardless, a case of :"when" rather than "if". Deep pockets will carry OG for awhile as they figure out what the problems are locally.

I have quit eating at Logan's because of the inconsistency of service and food combined with the relentless noise which overwhelms even the deaf. I expect it to be next in the growing list of failures with big overhead.

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stc1993 1 year, 3 months ago

I quit going to Logan's also, I wouldn't go back in there if they paid me. Worst service I've ever gotten. When I complained about waiting so long to the manager she actually called me a liar.

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Terry.Lewis 1 year, 3 months ago

I ate once ate at one of my favorite restaurants and ordered a Corona. The waitress informed me they were out my beverage of choice. I got up, expressed my displeasure to the manager and pointed out there was a package store across the street. He sent a staff member to buy a six-pack.
I was happy and so was he. It's the little things that count.

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whattheheck 1 year, 3 months ago

One of the long term Chinese restaurants used to keep a six pack of a brand they didn't sell in the cooler for me. I bought it, they served it, free of course, every time I visited. And they are still in business while others aren't even a memory.

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waltspecht 1 year, 3 months ago

Miller used to own a part of Corona, wonder if they still do? How about suppiort for the Home Town Brewery? I got Reduced in Force from there fourteen years ago, but when I buy beer to take to a function it is still Miller. No, I do not drink, but I still support those that supported me for eighteen years.

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whattheheck 1 year, 3 months ago

It was Miller of all beers that the Chinese place stocked just for me. Strange that a local beer was not served locally but perhaps it was a pricing issue.

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Thurman 1 year, 3 months ago

There' s truth in the statements concerning a new chain restaurant opening in Albany where the chain brings in experienced workers with work ethics, known as "start-up teams". They earn bonuses during the "start-up" term and duly deserve these. But-- Once they leave and we get the local "shuffle-as you-walk" and the "I'm having my other boyfriend's baby", the "NO I don't know how to back-count your change" employees, along with the "NO, I didn't finish high-school but I'd like to one day" manager's - - that restaurant is doomed in Albany. Yes, the Italian restaurant in Sylvester is really good. "Sheila's" in Warwick is another restaurant I also like. Each of these have fresh food, good food, excellent servers, and management that visits the tables.

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URWrongAgain 1 year, 3 months ago

The best restaurant in town is the downtown subway.....period!

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Jimboob 1 year, 3 months ago

Really? Subway? The Best? Your joking, right?

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URWrongAgain 1 year, 3 months ago

Not kidding, and based on your own stated experiences (see your comments above), I'm not too far off. But that was before I found out about the family selling downtown subway(see @albanyherald below). IMHO Albany is not a good location for high-end franchise restaurants. The best restaurants are family owned and family operated. Although it's been a while since I've gone out, my best experiences have been with the El Ranchos, Garganos (when Momma Gargano was in business, I made it a daily lunch site), Cookie Shoppe, Carters, etc. And there was a small restaurant that opened in the center on Lake Park Drive (across from the Albany Board of Realtors). They made the best in-house salads I've ever tasted. Haven’t been in many years and don’t know if they are still there. I don't get to go out much anymore, so I hope no one else tells me that these establishments are under new ownership/management. Although I know Momma G passed away a while back...

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Shinedownfan 1 year, 3 months ago

Loco's is the best restaurant in Albany...

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albanyherald1 1 year, 3 months ago

Correction-the downtown Subway USED to be the best in town. Then the owners/managers sold out to someone else and service has never been the same. The husband and wife that used to run it made that place above and beyond any other food place here in town. They were always very pleasant, customer service was their number one priority, they were efficient and very clean. I miss that!

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URWrongAgain 1 year, 3 months ago

Didn't know that. Sad news indeed.

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pdevine229 1 year, 3 months ago

When I first heard that Olive Garden was coming, that was Carino's warning to close up shop. It's less than 2 minutes within driving distance, so, it was an ominious sign what was going to happen. And I agree. Albany needs to step their game up with customer service in these restaurants. The same incompetent workers hop from place to place spreading a virus of bad service. However, I would think that Olive Garden would be different considering they "pride" themselves on "hospitaliano", or they should.

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agirl_25 1 year, 3 months ago

At least at Subway you can see them make your sandwich. I don't like eating out because I don't like people handling my food. I have known several people who waited tables while in college and they tell me horror stories that make me shudder. I don't trust anyone with my food. I have eaten out a few times at Olive Garden but was not satisfied with the service and sent management a written complaint via email. I got a nice email back from them and a complimentary coupon for free meals plus a gift basket. I always send emails to corporate headquarters if I have any complaints with any organization. I got a check for $139.65 from Reebok once when I complained about their shoes so don't laugh. Got a lovely gift basket from Crackerbarrel once that retailed for $65.00 (I Googled it) for sending a scathing email about their service and food. I will not pay good money for poor service and poor food. I love being a mean old lady...smile..oh my the list goes on.......don't want to bore you.......

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whattheheck 1 year, 3 months ago

Too many patrons are willing to say things were okay when questioned by the cashier, manager, or server. Doesn't help make things better for sure. Good work! .

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FryarTuk 1 year, 3 months ago

I'm with you agirl. Value given, value received. I do like to eat out at good restaurants. High prices don't always mean good food. I thought Carino's did a good start up job but went South soon after. Dishes requiring prosciutto used bacon instead. I talked to the chef about it & he said he doubted that many people noticed the difference. I never went back.

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waitforit 1 year, 3 months ago

Uumm... agirl...you know that subway handles your food before you order. You do know that they have to bake the bread and place all of those "fresh" toppings out so you can select. Ever thought about what happens BEFORE you get there? Hmmmm

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ginny 1 year, 3 months ago

Oh goody! Another free meal.

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agirl_25 1 year, 3 months ago

sure i do but i would rather know that they didn't stick a booger on the tomato while i was standing there watching them make it, wouldn't you? and as far as the "fresh" bread goes, i would rather see it come in and out of the "hot" oven and know that some of the germs were at least baked out of them that maybe got on it when they dropped on the floor earlier, except I don't go along with the 5 second rule. i don't worry about those things at all. too many other things to worry about.

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sowega 1 year, 3 months ago

agirl so stupid, all u want is freebies! complain bout nothing to get what u want smh

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agirl_25 1 year, 3 months ago

Whatever....but I refuse to pay money for poor service, whether it be a footlong at Subway or a $120.00 dinner for 2 at a fine restaurant. Say what you like. In the words of Pee Wee Herman...I am rubber and you are glue.....whatever you say bounces off me and sticks to you........neener neener neener.....Mrs. Dilligaf.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 3 months ago

Portion sizes at the new Olive Garden have been disappointingly small and the service is VERY SLOW!!

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alleebrin 1 year, 3 months ago

Yes, i agree that the Olive Garden is going downhill already! Unfortunate!

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AuntieDee 1 year, 3 months ago

So sad to hear all of this. That is why when I want Italian I cook it myself. I have an Italian cookbook. Corinos, Olive Garden, i.e. are all fast food places with pre-packaged food thrown on an open fire to fool people. How many Italians do you see frequenting these places?

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agirl_25 1 year, 3 months ago

Agree Auntie... and when you shop for ingredients and find "Imported from Italy" on the label you are sure to get the authentic Italian flavor. It may cost a bit more but it sure is worth it. I shop at a specialty place in Columbus on my way to my daughter's and get everything I need for real Italian taste. Worth every penny too!! Mama mia!! Now that's Italian!!!

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waltspecht 1 year, 3 months ago

So how does one explain OUTBACK's continued success? Have been to Olive Garden once, three weeks ago. Excellent food and service. Trouble is the Wife was counting how many bread sticks, bowls of soup and salad I ate. Certainly didn't leave there hungry, and tipped at 30%. The iced tea never got below 1/2 empty and the Salad and bread kept coming. When 3/4 done with the soup, they were asking if I wanted another. It arrived just as I finished the previous one.

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