Friday, November 11, 2005

On the Nose

Hey! Nose Bag guy! What is your problem? Twice I’ve seen you rip shreds off some poor wee lass in public.

On the first occasion I almost choked on my coffee while you yelled at one of your waitresses in front of a full house at the Nose Bag. You might think your punters consider this acceptable behaviour, but I certainly haven’t been back as a direct result (although your coffee wasn’t that great either).

The second time was the other week at T42. There you sat, arm draped over the back of your chair like Christopher Walken in a really bad movie, coolly tearing a pale and helpless-looking girl to pieces. She looked totally crumpled and completely defeated. Other T42-ers nearby looked decidedly uncomfortable with your very public display. My most recent meandering past the Nose Bag saw you and the crumpled girl behind the counter. Do you treat all your staff like this?

In case you’re wondering, Nose Bag Dude, you are recognisable. Oh, and you are a classic example of a narcissistic middle aged man lording it over vulnerable young women who for whatever reason can’t fight back.

I hope it makes you feel good about yourself, tough guy.

Georgie Weston

p.s. If you find yourself in Lower Sandy Bay (Nutgrove/Long Beach) and feeling peckish, visit the Beach House Bar & Café under the Beach House apartments. Great spot to sit in the sun and plot the liberation of the Nose Bag girls.

18 comments:

like a tiger said...

That place has always been appalling. Always. And you want to try eating there with kids for the full extent of its appallingness.

Actually: no, you don't. It is crap. Silly Sandy Bayites just don't know it.

Anonymous said...

Dear hrb,
I write to you as a concerned citizen.
Coles Bay is where you stay when you visit Freycinet National Park and has visitors from all over the world.
Friends of mine have just been staying at the tourist park which is next to the pub.
The pub obviously has an ongoing, changing clientele, otherwise they'd go broke.
My friend and her partner, a wine buff, after completing a very enjoyable four hour walk, decided to dine out that night.
So they headed for the pub, ordered their meal which arrived almost cold.
All the vegies nicely microwaved could have benefitted from being in there a tad longer, the fork nearly came to grief.
As there was only Tasmanian wine on the wine list, my friends from nsw were keen to try it but were not well acquainted with it. They ordered a Ninth Island Pinot Noir. Upon tasting it, they wondered if it might be off. So they went to the bar, to ask the waitress if it might be off. She said she thought it was o.k. So they tried again to drink it. They spoke to her again, and she sent the manageress to their table. The manageress was indeed a charming young woman, who swirled the wine professionally around in her glass before screwing up her face, and admitting that she herself didn't like Ninth Island. She solved the problem by bringing them a large carafe of soda water and suggesting we mixed it with the wine to make it more palatable. .. At the end of their meal they left the premises after reluctantly paying the bill, and as they emerged into the carpark my friend had to brush a well-fed cockroach from her partner's sweater, and a then a couple more of them fell out of his trouser leg...... While they were eating their meal, another couple of people arrived at the next table, saying that they had attempted to go to another restaurant in the town centre which was totally empty, but the management assured them they were fully booked and could not serve them...
As you can see, hrb, tasmania's food and wine reputation remains in jeopardy, if not in outright tattters.
from Concerned Citizen

Georgie Weston said...

Mon dieu!

dave said...

One must agree with you on Mr nose bag- For someone that Obviously enjoys youthful company, this does not reflect on the some what nanna-ish menu on offer at the sad estasblishment,it really is just a step away from grated carrot and a twist of orange garnish. Keep clear avoid funding rude old mans lifestyle

Ms Creosote said...

Funny you should mention grated carrot..

The last time we went to (on the) Nose Bag my toddler ordered a cheese sandwich. It arrived with grated cheese which, as you can imagine, does not work for a little un.

Anonymous said...

I cannot agree with any of the viciuos slander that has been directed at the Nose bag. I have been a customer there for over two years, visiting atleast twice a week and not once has any memeber of the staff including the owner ever raised their voices or been rude to each other or a customer, exactly the opposite in fact. The waitresses are always friendly and helpful, making terrific coffees time after time, especially the lattes and the owner is always extremly polite to all customers and his staff, perhaps a stern word has been directed at the staff but usually only during their training as waitressing is harder than many people think. For everyone that has read "Restaurant Bitches" so called reviews, please disregard all that has been said about the Nose Bag as I and many of my friends find it a lovely place to dine and relax.

Anonymous said...

Who do you think you are? I thought that as a so called 'reviewer' it was your job to review the food and service of the restaurants not to do a character assasination of the owner. The coffee at Nose Bag has always been great as has the service from the waitresses and the owner.

Mike said...

From what I have heard and seen (and I've been around a while) the Nose bag guy quite rightly deserves any criticism levelled at him. A thoroughly nasty little man who has worked hard at creating that impression - why let him down...

Anonymous said...

I totally agree with what has been written about the Nose Bag guy. He is a selfish arrogant pig of a man that doesn't deserve the staff that wait at his shitty dive of a cafe. I say boycot the place completely, it's a hole.

Anonymous said...

here here boycott the dive...totally agree the nose bag is on the nose .. and it is about time the dope smoking addict was held accountable... get out Guinea you're past it!!

Anonymous said...

I have to agree the man is a diagrace and every negative thing said is true, he is rude and nasty and very underhand he abuse his neighbours and treats his locals with contempt and food is average as and overpriced as well If I had a daughter I would not allow her to work for this poor excuse of a human being and for the record he is now barred from T42 anonymous

Anonymous said...

I recently moved into the area of Sandy bay, near the Nosebag. Within the recent months I have witnessed such distasteful behavior from Mr. Guinea (the owner), he's constantly harrassed his shop neighbours, hired and fired staff often of young impressionable ages, yelled and abused his staff, overcharged people for his food and even told customers to "piss off" whilst being in his restaurant. I'm unsure what gives Mr. Guinea his 'self-rightousness' and why he thinks he is able to belittle people but he needs to change his attitude! He needs to ship out! It's sad that the Nosebag is so outdated and run by an arrogant pig because it's a tourist hotspot. Move on Guinea.

Anonymous said...

omg, it's true - I've been in there a couple of times this week and the guy is a prat! The coffee is crap and MAJORLY overpriced, the tables are FILTHY - in an area like Sandy Bay it's mind-boggling a place like this floats... but then, it seems the competition is equally weak... how can there be no good cafes in such a prime area?! And what the hell is a 'nose bag'?! It seems to me the most unnappealing, unnappetizing name for an eatery.. almost as bad as 'The Nibble 'n' Dribble in Elizabeth Street.... yikes...

Anonymous said...

Having worked at the Nose bag in the past i can understand that Guinea can come off a bit confronting.
You complain of toys etc not being clean, understand that this area is a Staff responsibility, probably why you have seen him berate Staff in the past. Pay good money expect results. Just like you and your Coffee.
Dave is a legend Surfer, one of the first at Shipsterns Bluff and definitely the one and only Man alive to ride it backhand dressed only in Speedos. Beat that.
Guinea is famous for having Beautiful Woman at his side, being well traveled and not suffering Fools.
Not many People have ridden the tube behind "Fast" Eddie Rothman at Padang and not only made the wave itself, but had enough teeth left to pronounce its name properly.
His reputation is solid and he isnt known as a "Bitch" either.
I know him to be fearless, accomplished and funny. I like his food, his Cafe and his "Poor Staff", consider eating there an experience and just enjoy it.

Anonymous said...

Funny all these comments... nosebag guy aka as grandpa smooth... aptly named because of his likings to these beautiful women that he is so proud of. Nobody that really knows him... likes him or his resturant that is complete shit... as is the service, and the high staff turnover, wonder why this is?? Keep your daughters away from grandpa smooths cash in hand payments!!! The job is not worth it!! Food crap... abusive arse...

Anonymous said...

Just bought a take away coffee and after 2 minutes exchange with this guy I can whole heartedly say he is a complete w@nker! Omfg, boycott at all costs. So Rude so arrogant so sandy bay. And overpriced. Feel like buying some chalk for his board so I can warn everyone in advance

Anonymous said...

I think the nose bag guy is 'anonymous' and trying to defend himself. I'm not a foodie but I have heard nose bag guy has slept with each of his young waitresses. Disgusting.

graciela grieve said...

I do not like people who write anonymous and do not write the real name. I was working there I was treated with respect. People are horrible to make these lies.I would like to talk to the anonymous people face to face. We always were polite to the people even coming sit and ask a cup of hot water. I would like if you (anonymous) has a coffee shop and people sit and ask only for water. What do you do? shame of you! I have a real name not anonymous