Wednesday, June 17, 2009
I have never had a vodka martini before and this restaurant is going out of business for a good reason.
I have very little experience with fancy restaurants, but lets just say I hate haute cuisine. I hate haute culture period! A big dinner out is (as you know) happy hour cheap beers and free popcorn at the dirty and ratty Chapter House. (plus, of course, I am a veg no-dairy, and how many menus are veg, no dairy???)
OK, other topic--neighborhood restaurants. ABC cafe is going out of business this month, and I love ABC (its next to the Chapter House!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) and another neighborhood joint, Willow, is going out of business, and in theory, this is terrible, a sign of bad economic times.
Let me explain. I had never been to Willow before, but it was next to my favorite independent cinema which decided to merge with a different cinema elsewhere, and within a MONTH Willow restauant is closing. Guess the cinema next door is good for business, but gone now.
I love my customers, and some of them love me, maybe they all do? I was given a very expensive gift cetificate by a customer for us go to Willow and we were gonna go July 4. This gift cetificate was worth about 12 visits to the Chapter House for beers and popcorn.
I was looking at the menu for Willow today, and the place is flippin' going out of business TOMORROW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am busy today and tomorrow, and the missus tells me they won't give me cash value, so off we go at 5 pm for dinner at Willow, busy or not.
We walk in--there are 2 people eating. They ask if we have a reservation, I am like NO. They say come back at 8:30, come back tomorow, and I am like FLIPPING NO WAY ARE GONNA EAT NOW and we have this coupon and I want cash if you don't feed us. The lady sez she has to ask the manager.
After several minutes of discussion, she sez, well, we can seat you here between the door and the kitchen (the stinking place is EMPTY????????????????) and we sit. I know the place is famous for martinis, and since I have somebody's gift cert, I am gonna have a vodka matini, and the lady sez on ice or not and I have the first on ice, and figure I will never have one of those again (kinda yucky). We oder, and its like, 22 bucks for plain toast, and I am telling the wife THERE IS A REASON THIS PLACE IS GOING OUT OF BUSINESS but I don't care so much, because even if I don't like a vodka martini, it has a certain numbing effect.
Our wee little dishes of 22 dollar food arrive and I order a vodka martini WITHOUT ice this time, and its a whole lot better I'll tell ya. The food is OK although pretty darn tiny servings (you can have all the free popcorn you want at the Chapter House, btw)
and so the check arrives and can you believe that 2 drinks and 2 dinners and we went 13 bucks over my huge gift certificate (which I was very glad to have, sure glad I didn't have to pay any more) and I feel sorry for the people who worked there, but man, that place SUCKED rotten eggs....
Posted by Gary's third pottery blog at 6:50 PM