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“Somebody buy this place, please. (Be prepared to spend your time there)”
Review of Donkey Diner - CLOSED

Donkey Diner
Price range: US$5 - US$15
Cuisines: Diner, Pizza
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Takeout
Description: Donkey Diner is an 'eclectic' restaurant situated in Coral Bay...sometimes mellow, sometimes zany, but always outrageously fun! We specialize in breakfast, pizza & Kickass Bloody Marys!We are located on Route 10 across from the Guy Benjamin Elementary school. There's plenty of parking but we're also easily accessible from the dinghy dock or VITRAN bus. We are open daily from 7am to 8pm. Cash or traveler's checks only please.
Reviewed 3 June 2013

It takes special kind of attention to bring a successful brand to disaster. Unfortunately, the beloved Donkey Diner succumbed to such a fate. Past history has shown that this Coral Bay icon has transcended recurring transfers in ownership, with sustained, and sometimes heightened, success. I've been a DD patron since first visiting Love City in '03, again in '05, many times during extended caretaking jobs in '07 - '10, and then as a regular, several time a month guest beginning 2 years ago, when I became a Coral Bay resident.

I wrote a disappointed review last October, just after the recent owner took over. I needn't repeat the historical chronology that's truthfully attested in the reviews the past 8 months. I was being kind in rating with 2s and 3s, looking at what positives were persisting. These "positives" likely gave rise to the great ratings of a few visitors who had the good luck of things rarely going right. During the merry go round of staff turnover, some good employees might have given some folks a legitimate, satisfying DD experience. I have continued to go to DD for take out pizzas, and most have been pretty good. They've always been promised in 20 minutes and were never ready, sometimes, not even in the oven in that time. (Not once, because the place was busy.)

I take out, because I was dissatisfied with the sterile environment and installation of big screen tv's in place of the good karma of funky atmosphere, good music, friendly and attentive management, mirrored in the staff. Only since early spring has a new manager been actually on site during my brief visits. The prior manager was not available, even when I called to know when he would be in and still could not make contact about overpaying for missing ingredients on a prior takeout.

I'm not opposed to someone making the DD their own, that's an owner's prerogative. I'll hope the current owner is able to make a quick sale and that another owner will show more knowledge, skill and experience in restoring friendly and attentive management. Regularly dependable 3-5 day a week pizza and 4-7 day a week breakfast on a fixed schedule with timely and consistent service of reliably good food will bring back sustaining local clientele and clear up the hit and miss experience of vacationers. An owner's investment of capital, without an equal measure of on the job presence, will augur continued failure and damage. Skinny's is a good example of how to keep the success of a brand in Coral Bay after it's creator and long term owner retired and sold.

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4  Thank BordeauxLP
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Reviewed 18 May 2013 via mobile

Ive listed it as terrible because it has once again closed and is for sale. The new owners didn't even make it a year - they started out on a rocky path when they threw out funky memorabilia folks had donated over the years. Shooting roosters and chickens put some people off. My concerns were the long wait just to get coffee or a menu. They just seemed to struggle....any Coral Bay business relies heavily on locals/ regulars. They lost people to the newly reopened Pickles....

It's a real shame because over the years the Donkey Diner has successfully branded itself with cool stuff, tshirts and coffee mugs. It had soul, karma. Maybe the new owners, whoever they will be, can put the funky stuff back up!

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4  Thank hungrytraveler0
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Reviewed 13 May 2013

Really great food but having staffing issues right now and closed almost all the time. Don't drive all the way out to coral bay until they get that worked out. Husband got jalapeño and ricotta omelet which he has barely stopped talking about. I got the ricotta blueberry pancakes. Moist and yummy.

Thank John_and_Autumn
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Reviewed 11 May 2013

We stopped for breakfast sandwiches on the way to Hansen Bay. Really good with local hot sauce sprinkled on. If you're on a budget, get your breakfast sandwich on toast instead of a bagel- saves a couple bucks. Have a juice instead of a Mimosa or Bloody Mary- saves a couple dollars. Or live it up! It's only money, right?

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Thank mshannonl
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Reviewed 9 May 2013

The food was very good as in pervious years. We eat outside and were treated exceptionally well by the new staff. We didn't think the staff was as friendly in past years. Noticed some minor changes on the menu but other than that, this is still the same Donkey Diner that we remember. Would like to see wifi here as phone service is spotty on the island. We do plan on returning. Remember this eatery is cash only.

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Thank itsmejs
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