Former Red Rooster Cafe Owner: "I Am Ready To Move On With My Life"

The debate over what lead to the closure of the restaurant on Gig Harbor's waterfront spilled into public view after Jamie Radcliffe announced she was closing Dec. 28.

Over the past two and a half weeks, the circumstances behind the closure of the Red Rooster Cafe in the Millville District on Gig Harbor's waterfront have been anything but clear.

Whether the story came from owner Jamie Radcliffe or Arabella's Landing Marina general manager John Moist - who was writing on behalf of owners Stan and Judy Stearns - the debate over what ultimately forced the closure spilled onto Patch discussion forums and Facebook pages.

Supporters of both sides accussed the other of wrongdoing, and at times, the discussion turned ugly.

Now, Radcliffe tells us, via those same Patch discussion forums, that she is ready to move on.

Responding to a user, Radcliffe wrote the following Monday night:

A. Terry... The following is a link for you (and the rest of the Patch community) to view if you choose to. I am ready to move on with my life. Please allow me to do so.


In her blog, which is called "What would Jesus do?," Radcliffe writes that, "the way the current situation was handled was, in my opinion, out of character for Mr. Stearns."

"I actually am very shocked as to the events that have taken place and also hoped that John Moist's accusations and dishonest statements would have turned out to be things Mr. Stearn's was unaware of."

Radcliffe insists that she is not vindictive or out to hurt anyone's business or credibility, but she says the way Moist describes how the situation was handled "was completely dishonest."

At the end of the post, Radcliffe pointed to her spiritual strength to get her through the ordeal. She also makes the following plea:

"I ask now for the people on the Patch page who are making very hurtful comments to please either make it be known who you are by giving your full name and photograph, or please put your accusations to rest," she wrote. "If you look at the facts, I am not saying anything other than the truth."

"I would do just about anything to wake and realize that this all was nothing more than a horrible dream."

So who do you believe, Patch users? Why has this been such a hot-button issue? Tell us in the comments below.

Gloria Hazelrigg January 15, 2013 at 07:41 PM
How sad that the Gig Harbor Patch has become a duplicate of the National Inquirer. I tried the restaurant twice; once when it first opened, and a few months later to give it another chance. Neither time did I enjoy the food or the service, and did not expect it to survive.
Bill W. January 16, 2013 at 01:07 AM
I know Robert Philpott who built the Poseidon’s Fuel Dock and Deli and he had frivolous after frivolous lawsuits brought on him by Stan Sterns until he got tired of fighting and sold the property to Stan Stearns. Now the city has no fuel dock or deli! Stearns is not a nice person and hides behind his marina manager.
Brent Champaco January 16, 2013 at 07:11 AM
Hi all, I wanted to respond to a few commenters who questioned why Patch posted this follow-up story. It was my decision, and I felt that the closure was a topic that was generating a lot of discussion among users, so it deserved a follow. I actually intended, perhaps incorrectly, to bring some sense of closure to the debate with this story. Again, that might not be case, but I at least wanted to respond to some of the comments. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to e-mail me: brent.champaco@patch.com
Vera S January 18, 2013 at 05:21 PM
Bill W. and Elle G. I have checked the 'record'. The issue was that the dock and the building were TOO LOW. There was a flood at the Red Rooster, not because it was too high, but because it was too low. And if a fuel dock with exposed electrical goes under water, well, lets all just thank our lucky stars that that fuel dock is no longer there. And fuel docks should NEVER be allowed to operate if they are going to go under water. The risks are too great. Does the city of Gig Harbor need fuel dock? Absolutely. But not at the expense of safety, local boat owners, and the environment.That fuel dock was VERY close to boaters on the Arabella/Bayview dock who barbeque on their boats. One spark, and BOOM! Stearns was protecting the boat owners in his marina, as well as the harbor itself. Remember that terrible fire that wiped out the covered moorage next door? Imagine if the fuel dock had been right there. The fuel dock was given to a local fisherman who had a better location, away from close proximity to marinas. He tried to jump through all the 'hoops' to get approval. But it was never approved. So Gig Harbor has no fuel dock. Check the the city council meeting minutes for February 2005.
Brenda F. January 18, 2013 at 05:31 PM
As long as there are wealthy and generous people, there will be people trying to take advantage, and spread ugly rumors, and believe ugly rumors. It's not popular to side with the wealthy, it's easier to just believe they are the villains. They have money, so they can't have hearts, right? That seems to be what many people are assuming. Before continuing to make accusations against Mr. Stearns, it would be wise for all of you up get your facts straight. The town of Gig Harbor, though beautiful, is much to blame for the demise of your precious fuel dock and deli, and it didn't help the Ref Rooster either with it's many restrictions. Everyone loves a villain, and our culture has taught us that the villain is always the rich guy. Maybe you should question that instead just believing the words of people who are clearly hurt and looking for someone to blame.


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