Burger Shack at Spring Lake?


Just a week after opening his new burger cafe in downtown Santa Rosa, Flipside and Rendez Vous restaurant owner Nino Rabbaa tells BiteClub he’ll also be opening a burger concession at Spring Lake Park this summer.

Though an official announcement from the Regional Parks has yet been made, insiders confirmed Rabbaa’s intent to take over the concession stand near the swimming pond. That may sound like small potatoes, but Spring Lake averages more than 600,000 visitors each year, with 300,000 folks visiting nearby Annadel Park.

What’s even more intriguing? There’s discussion of a possible construction of a cafe/restaurant inside the park being explored. The concession, which typically runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day, will join a fleet of food trucks who pull up to Spring Lake’s boat ramp each Tuesday from 4p.m. to dusk throughout the summer.

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  1. Here’s an observation. Everybody want to voice an opinion. Some is on target and some is not. But when you have an overwelming majority reporting a negative experience, maybe you should start looking into some of these claims by talking to people not directly involved in the day to day operations of Flipside and Rendez Vous. It’s hard to start a new restaurant that’s successful and it’s hard to build positive employee relationships. To accomplish that you need to respect others. Danny Meyer the New York restauranter said it succinctly, “if you take care of your employees your employees will take care of your customers.” That’s not happening.

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  2. damed if you do damed if you don’t , people at the recent park event wanted Burgers , Hot dogs and Fries ,
    not Tofu :)

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  3. Memorial Hospital has a new health-food restaurant for
    the newly-born: TEAT. Healthiest place in town and WAY
    better than the usual hospital food. But they check ID’s
    and if you’re over 21 (months), you won’t get served.

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  4. What’s next….Photoshop pictures for A-1 news stories?
    Furthermore, the sign is spelled wrong. Someone left
    off the “M” on the MEAT sign. Think what fun vandals
    could have if the sign read DUCK.

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    • That is called a photo illustration. It’s a commonly used thing. On planet earth. Where the rest of us live.

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  5. Look at the Yelp reviews for Flipside burger. It was the worst experience I have ever had from food to drinks to service.

    PLEASE PLEASE STOP OPENING RESTAURANTS

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    • Just keep in mind—where does Thomas Keller go for a burger? I’ve found messy tables frequently there, but the food is consistent and face it—-a good burger is a good burger—-at In N Out. Period. I even got a dried-out $10 burger at that fancy downtown Santa Rosa corner old Railroad Square district burger ‘bistro’ once (after three or four good ones). So…save your
      money at InNOut. No, I don’t work there and the atmosphere is a joke but hey, it’s a good burger.

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    • I heard same thing from my son. Im going to go check for myself. Hope my experience is better.

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  6. You know what you should write about heather? The mass exodus of staff from this guys new place after the first few days. He treats his employees like garbage and that’s no “rumor”.

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    • Brian, you mean Flipside?

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  7. You’ve got to be kidding…can someone please tell the readers here how many levels of wrong this operates on…Here’s a start- Original invitation was for restaurants to submit ideas and applications for this spot, but was then cancelled by park director in order to promote healthy, local, organic food and “fight epidemic obesity in America”. This counted me, the burger guy out, but hey, good luck to ya! Surprise though! Now the guy currently running the worst burger joint in town and worst French bistro ever wants to crack this open? I never want to hear someone talk organic ever again. This proves that for the right figure any locavore can be turned. Even a millionaire park director.

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    • I was a little surprised at the seeming disparity between the RFP’s requirement for “healthy, organic food” and the decision to put a burger spot in.

      But really, the fact of the matter is that people don’t want to go out to eat “healthy” food. As I’ve said a million times, I can have my taste buds assaulted at home a lot cheaper — we eat all that healthy stuff during the week at home. Or we grow our own veggies, etc. that few restaurants will ever compare to.

      When I’m paying extra to dine out, I want the stuff I can’t/won’t make at home.

      Love the California Nanny State.

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      • Yup, you’ve got it totally right. Thanks for a place to vent! :)

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  8. How about putting gooseburgers on the menu, courtesy of our feathered fiends from the North?
    Then package and sell the droppings as organic fertilizer. Two strikes against fiscal shortages
    plaguing the parks department.

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    • Why aren’t you running our parks? Brilliant.

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