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  1. #1
    Andy Guest

    Default Old favorite restaurant changed for the worse!

    Old favorite restaurant changed for the worse!

    I'm BUMMED!!!

    My favorite Sunday brunch restaurant officially went down the tubes.

    Two gay men bought it years ago and went about making changes. Getting rid
    of the linen tablecloths for paper placemats, no candles, etc. The
    stupidest of which was instead of kitchen oven toasting the English muffins
    and bagels and tossing them in a chaffing dish for the patrons to pluck
    from, they put a few toasters out for them to waste time standing there
    toasting their own. I protested at the idea but they were too proud at
    being new restaurateurs to even consider it a preposterous one.

    Today, I walk in and all the nice dining room tables are hidden behind five
    foot high walled cubicles. You can't see the rest of the patrons once they
    walk in their cubicle and sit down out of sight. It actually made me feel
    like I was walking around in a rat maze. I said hello to two waitresses who
    always served me well for all of almost 15 years. I asked who in their
    right mind would "privatize" the typical restaurant experience like this?
    They gave me pained smiles, in defense claiming the food hadn't changed!

    A very anti-social feel to the place, now.

    I walked out telling the hostess, "I changed my mind." I'll never go back.

    They also changed the name of the place.

    Andy
    --
    I'm no longer a danger to society.

  2. #2
    Pennyaline Guest

    Default Re: Old favorite restaurant changed for the worse!

    Andy wrote:

    <snip>

    > They also changed the name of the place.



    Things change, Andy. I'll bet that if you check yourself out closely,
    you've changed over the last fifteen years, too

    <and not for the better>

  3. #3
    projectile vomit chick Guest

    Default Re: Old favorite restaurant changed for the worse!

    On Aug 25, 1:53*pm, Andy <a...@b.c> wrote:
    > Old favorite restaurant changed for the worse!
    >
    > I'm BUMMED!!!
    >
    > My favorite Sunday brunch restaurant officially went down the tubes.
    >
    > Two gay men bought it years ago and went about making changes. Getting rid
    > of the linen tablecloths for paper placemats, no candles, etc. The
    > stupidest of which was instead of kitchen oven toasting the English muffins
    > and bagels and tossing them in a chaffing dish for the patrons to pluck
    > from, they put a few toasters out for them to waste time standing there
    > toasting their own. I protested at the idea but they were too proud at
    > being new restaurateurs to even consider it a preposterous one.
    >
    > Today, I walk in and all the nice dining room tables are hidden behind five
    > foot high walled cubicles. You can't see the rest of the patrons once they
    > walk in their cubicle and sit down out of sight. It actually made me feel
    > like I was walking around in a rat maze. I said hello to two waitresses who
    > always served me well for all of almost 15 years. I asked who in their
    > right mind would "privatize" the typical restaurant experience like this?
    > They gave me pained smiles, in defense claiming the food hadn't changed!
    >
    > A very anti-social feel to the place, now.
    >
    > I walked out telling the hostess, "I changed my mind." I'll never go back..
    >
    > They also changed the name of the place.


    That dining room sounds pretty bad. Although it would be an ideal
    place for The Rump-Ranger and his fat wife and ugly kids to hang out,
    who the hell wants to look at that while they are trying to eat?
    LOL

    I hate when restaurants change. It's never for the better.

  4. #4
    Wayne Boatwright Guest

    Default Re: Old favorite restaurant changed for the worse!

    On Tue 25 Aug 2009 11:53:58a, Andy told us...

    > Old favorite restaurant changed for the worse!
    >
    > I'm BUMMED!!!
    >
    > My favorite Sunday brunch restaurant officially went down the tubes.
    >
    > Two gay men bought it years ago and went about making changes. Getting
    > rid of the linen tablecloths for paper placemats, no candles, etc. The
    > stupidest of which was instead of kitchen oven toasting the English
    > muffins and bagels and tossing them in a chaffing dish for the patrons
    > to pluck from, they put a few toasters out for them to waste time
    > standing there toasting their own. I protested at the idea but they were
    > too proud at being new restaurateurs to even consider it a preposterous
    > one.
    >
    > Today, I walk in and all the nice dining room tables are hidden behind
    > five foot high walled cubicles. You can't see the rest of the patrons
    > once they walk in their cubicle and sit down out of sight. It actually
    > made me feel like I was walking around in a rat maze. I said hello to
    > two waitresses who always served me well for all of almost 15 years. I
    > asked who in their right mind would "privatize" the typical restaurant
    > experience like this? They gave me pained smiles, in defense claiming
    > the food hadn't changed!
    >
    > A very anti-social feel to the place, now.
    >
    > I walked out telling the hostess, "I changed my mind." I'll never go
    > back.
    >
    > They also changed the name of the place.
    >
    > Andy


    Hmmm... Rat maze. Maybe they did this just for you.

    --
    Wayne Boatwright
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Toots Shore's restaurant is so crowded nobody goes there anymore.
    Yogi Berra




  5. #5
    Wayne Boatwright Guest

    Default Re: Old favorite restaurant changed for the worse!

    On Tue 25 Aug 2009 12:07:11p, Pennyaline told us...

    > Andy wrote:
    >
    > <snip>
    >
    >> They also changed the name of the place.

    >
    >
    > Things change, Andy. I'll bet that if you check yourself out closely,
    > you've changed over the last fifteen years, too
    >
    > <and not for the better>


    I think you nailed it.

    --
    Wayne Boatwright
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Toots Shore's restaurant is so crowded nobody goes there anymore.
    Yogi Berra




  6. #6
    Chemo the Clown Guest

    Default Re: Old favorite restaurant changed for the worse!

    On Aug 25, 11:53*am, Andy <a...@b.c> wrote:
    > Old favorite restaurant changed for the worse!
    >
    > I'm BUMMED!!!
    >
    > My favorite Sunday brunch restaurant officially went down the tubes.
    >
    > Two gay men bought it years ago and went about making changes. Getting rid
    > of the linen tablecloths for paper placemats, no candles, etc. The
    > stupidest of which was instead of kitchen oven toasting the English muffins
    > and bagels and tossing them in a chaffing dish for the patrons to pluck
    > from, they put a few toasters out for them to waste time standing there
    > toasting their own. I protested at the idea but they were too proud at
    > being new restaurateurs to even consider it a preposterous one.
    >
    > Today, I walk in and all the nice dining room tables are hidden behind five
    > foot high walled cubicles. You can't see the rest of the patrons once they
    > walk in their cubicle and sit down out of sight. It actually made me feel
    > like I was walking around in a rat maze. I said hello to two waitresses who
    > always served me well for all of almost 15 years. I asked who in their
    > right mind would "privatize" the typical restaurant experience like this?
    > They gave me pained smiles, in defense claiming the food hadn't changed!
    >
    > A very anti-social feel to the place, now.
    >
    > I walked out telling the hostess, "I changed my mind." I'll never go back..
    >
    > They also changed the name of the place.
    >
    > Andy
    > --
    > I'm no longer a danger to society.


    Dang gay men. Just cuz yer gay doesn't mean you have any sense or
    style.

  7. #7
    Mark Thorson Guest

    Default Re: Old favorite restaurant changed for the worse!

    Andy wrote:
    >
    > Old favorite restaurant changed for the worse!
    >
    > I'm BUMMED!!!


    They changed it just to get rid of you as a customer.

    They're probably dancing and partying, knowing that
    they'll never see your sorry carcass again.

    They got a phone call of congratulations from
    Trader Joe himself!

  8. #8
    Andy Guest

    Default Re: Old favorite restaurant changed for the worse!

    projectile vomit chick said...

    > On Aug 25, 1:53*pm, Andy <a...@b.c> wrote:
    >> Old favorite restaurant changed for the worse!
    >>
    >> I'm BUMMED!!!
    >>
    >> My favorite Sunday brunch restaurant officially went down the tubes.
    >>
    >> Two gay men bought it years ago and went about making changes. Getting

    ri
    > d
    >> of the linen tablecloths for paper placemats, no candles, etc. The
    >> stupidest of which was instead of kitchen oven toasting the English

    muffi
    > ns
    >> and bagels and tossing them in a chaffing dish for the patrons to pluck
    >> from, they put a few toasters out for them to waste time standing there
    >> toasting their own. I protested at the idea but they were too proud at
    >> being new restaurateurs to even consider it a preposterous one.
    >>
    >> Today, I walk in and all the nice dining room tables are hidden behind

    fi
    > ve
    >> foot high walled cubicles. You can't see the rest of the patrons once

    the
    > y
    >> walk in their cubicle and sit down out of sight. It actually made me

    feel
    >> like I was walking around in a rat maze. I said hello to two waitresses

    w
    > ho
    >> always served me well for all of almost 15 years. I asked who in their
    >> right mind would "privatize" the typical restaurant experience like

    this?
    >> They gave me pained smiles, in defense claiming the food hadn't changed!
    >>
    >> A very anti-social feel to the place, now.
    >>
    >> I walked out telling the hostess, "I changed my mind." I'll never go

    back
    > .
    >>
    >> They also changed the name of the place.

    >
    > That dining room sounds pretty bad. Although it would be an ideal
    > place for The Rump-Ranger and his fat wife and ugly kids to hang out,
    > who the hell wants to look at that while they are trying to eat?
    > LOL
    >
    > I hate when restaurants change. It's never for the better.



    PVC,

    I don't get around as far as dining out is concerned but today was quite
    disturbing after so long.

    AND, imagine my surprise when about five years ago, whey my local "Court
    Diner" changed hands, and the new owners actually leveled the years old
    leaning "scale of justice" sign out front! A pretty long standing town joke
    amongst patrons and employees alike. Only where's the justice in paying
    $6.00 for a three stack of pancakes???

    Best,

    Andy

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    =?ISO-8859-1?Q?Bobo_Bonobo=AE?= Guest

    Default Re: Old favorite restaurant changed for the worse!

    On Aug 25, 1:53*pm, Andy <a...@b.c> wrote:
    > Old favorite restaurant changed for the worse!
    >

    Happened to me too:

    http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/28/14708...Familia-St-Ann
    >
    > Andy


    --Bryan

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    Andy Guest

    Default Re: Old favorite restaurant changed for the worse!

    Chemo the Clown said...

    > Dang gay men. Just cuz yer gay doesn't mean you have any sense or
    > style.



    For those two owners, no sense of style OR taste or restaurant sensibility.
    Unless there's something gay about it all I know nothing about!?

    Andy

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    Bob Muncie Guest

    Default Re: Old favorite restaurant changed for the worse!

    Pennyaline wrote:
    > Andy wrote:
    >
    > <snip>
    >
    >> They also changed the name of the place.

    >
    >
    > Things change, Andy. I'll bet that if you check yourself out closely,
    > you've changed over the last fifteen years, too
    >
    > <and not for the better>


    I'm just curious... who has experienced a restaurant (especially a
    chain), not go downhill from initial opening, till an icon? I give McD's
    as the ultimate example.

    Bob

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    Andy Guest

    Default Re: Old favorite restaurant changed for the worse!

    Bob Muncie said...

    > I'm just curious... who has experienced a restaurant (especially a
    > chain), not go downhill from initial opening, till an icon? I give McD's
    > as the ultimate example.



    That's something different entirely. You want to hijack the thread, I don't
    appreciate it but can't stop you.

    The Little Inn was probably one of the longest established restaurants in our
    sleepy little town. Now it gone. I'm certain the other long time patrons are
    equally disgusted!

    It was one of a kind, not a chain.

    You've developed a big mouth for being here such a short time.

    Andy


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    l, not -l Guest

    Default Re: Old favorite restaurant changed for the worse!


    On 25-Aug-2009, Andy <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Old favorite restaurant changed for the worse!
    >
    > I'm BUMMED!!!
    >
    > My favorite Sunday brunch restaurant officially went down the tubes.
    >
    > Two gay men bought it years ago and went about making changes. Getting rid
    >
    > of the linen tablecloths for paper placemats, no candles, etc. The
    > stupidest of which was instead of kitchen oven toasting the English
    > muffins
    > and bagels and tossing them in a chaffing dish for the patrons to pluck
    > from, they put a few toasters out for them to waste time standing there
    > toasting their own. I protested at the idea but they were too proud at
    > being new restaurateurs to even consider it a preposterous one.


    I'd swear you've complained about those english muffin changes before.

    C'mon, admit it; you write this stuff auditioning to replace Andy Rooney.
    8-)
    --
    Change Cujo to Juno in email address.

  14. #14
    Andy Guest

    Default Re: Old favorite restaurant changed for the worse!

    l, not -l said...

    >
    > On 25-Aug-2009, Andy <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> Old favorite restaurant changed for the worse!
    >>
    >> I'm BUMMED!!!
    >>
    >> My favorite Sunday brunch restaurant officially went down the tubes.
    >>
    >> Two gay men bought it years ago and went about making changes. Getting

    rid
    >>
    >> of the linen tablecloths for paper placemats, no candles, etc. The
    >> stupidest of which was instead of kitchen oven toasting the English
    >> muffins
    >> and bagels and tossing them in a chaffing dish for the patrons to pluck
    >> from, they put a few toasters out for them to waste time standing there
    >> toasting their own. I protested at the idea but they were too proud at
    >> being new restaurateurs to even consider it a preposterous one.

    >
    > I'd swear you've complained about those english muffin changes before.



    I've recounted countless experiences here for years and years.

    The brunch toaster post just once, not counting any replies I made.

    This post was just a combined new disappoint plus that old remembrance.

    Andy

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    Cheryl Guest

    Default Re: Old favorite restaurant changed for the worse!


    "l, not -l" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:h71l9q$he5$[email protected]..
    >
    > On 25-Aug-2009, Andy <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> Old favorite restaurant changed for the worse!
    >>
    >> I'm BUMMED!!!
    >>
    >> My favorite Sunday brunch restaurant officially went down the tubes.
    >>
    >> Two gay men bought it years ago and went about making changes. Getting
    >> rid
    >>
    >> of the linen tablecloths for paper placemats, no candles, etc. The
    >> stupidest of which was instead of kitchen oven toasting the English
    >> muffins
    >> and bagels and tossing them in a chaffing dish for the patrons to pluck
    >> from, they put a few toasters out for them to waste time standing there
    >> toasting their own. I protested at the idea but they were too proud at
    >> being new restaurateurs to even consider it a preposterous one.

    >
    > I'd swear you've complained about those english muffin changes before.
    >
    > C'mon, admit it; you write this stuff auditioning to replace Andy Rooney.
    > 8-)



    I'm glad someone else noticed that! I was reading it, thinking Deja vou
    (SP - spell checker is still telling me this language is not available for
    spell checking)



  16. #16
    =?ISO-8859-1?Q?Bobo_Bonobo=AE?= Guest

    Default Re: Old favorite restaurant changed for the worse!

    On Aug 25, 3:49*pm, Andy <a...@b.c> wrote:
    > projectile vomit chick said...
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > > On Aug 25, 1:53*pm, Andy <a...@b.c> wrote:
    > >> Old favorite restaurant changed for the worse!

    >
    > >> I'm BUMMED!!!

    >
    > >> My favorite Sunday brunch restaurant officially went down the tubes.

    >
    > >> Two gay men bought it years ago and went about making changes. Getting

    > ri
    > > d
    > >> of the linen tablecloths for paper placemats, no candles, etc. The
    > >> stupidest of which was instead of kitchen oven toasting the English

    > muffi
    > > ns
    > >> and bagels and tossing them in a chaffing dish for the patrons to pluck
    > >> from, they put a few toasters out for them to waste time standing there
    > >> toasting their own. I protested at the idea but they were too proud at
    > >> being new restaurateurs to even consider it a preposterous one.

    >
    > >> Today, I walk in and all the nice dining room tables are hidden behind

    > fi
    > > ve
    > >> foot high walled cubicles. You can't see the rest of the patrons once

    > the
    > > y
    > >> walk in their cubicle and sit down out of sight. It actually made me

    > feel
    > >> like I was walking around in a rat maze. I said hello to two waitresses

    > w
    > > ho
    > >> always served me well for all of almost 15 years. I asked who in their
    > >> right mind would "privatize" the typical restaurant experience like

    > this?
    > >> They gave me pained smiles, in defense claiming the food hadn't changed!

    >
    > >> A very anti-social feel to the place, now.

    >
    > >> I walked out telling the hostess, "I changed my mind." I'll never go

    > back
    > > .

    >
    > >> They also changed the name of the place.

    >
    > > That dining room sounds pretty bad. *Although it would be an ideal
    > > place for The Rump-Ranger and his fat wife and ugly kids to hang out,
    > > who the hell wants to look at that while they are trying to eat?
    > > LOL

    >
    > > I hate when restaurants change. *It's never for the better.

    >
    > PVC,
    >
    > I don't get around as far as dining out is concerned but today was quite
    > disturbing after so long.
    >
    > AND, imagine my surprise when about five years ago, whey my local "Court
    > Diner" changed hands, and the new owners actually leveled the years old
    > leaning "scale of justice" sign out front! A pretty long standing town joke
    > amongst patrons and employees alike. Only where's the justice in paying
    > $6.00 for a three stack of pancakes???


    An old favorite that hasn't changed, we went out to the Hacienda this
    evening. Man, I'm stuffed. The food and service were both A++.

    The fire roasted salsa rocks, and they bring me plenty, plus, our
    water glasses never get empty. It is very "pound foolish" not to tip
    really well for great service at a place you plan to return to.
    >
    > Best,
    >
    > Andy


    --Bryan

  17. #17
    Andy Guest

    Default Re: Old favorite restaurant changed for the worse!

    Cheryl said...

    >> C'mon, admit it; you write this stuff auditioning to replace Andy Rooney.
    >> 8-)

    >
    >
    > I'm glad someone else noticed that! I was reading it, thinking Deja vou
    > (SP - spell checker is still telling me this language is not available for
    > spell checking)



    Thank you! I can take a compliment.

    Andy


  18. #18
    Andy Guest

    Default Re: Old favorite restaurant changed for the worse!

    Bobo Bonobo® said...

    > On Aug 25, 3:49*pm, Andy <a...@b.c> wrote:
    >> projectile vomit chick said...
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> > On Aug 25, 1:53*pm, Andy <a...@b.c> wrote:
    >> >> Old favorite restaurant changed for the worse!

    >>
    >> >> I'm BUMMED!!!

    >>
    >> >> My favorite Sunday brunch restaurant officially went down the tubes.

    >>
    >> >> Two gay men bought it years ago and went about making changes.

    Getting
    >> ri
    >> > d
    >> >> of the linen tablecloths for paper placemats, no candles, etc. The
    >> >> stupidest of which was instead of kitchen oven toasting the English

    >> muffi
    >> > ns
    >> >> and bagels and tossing them in a chaffing dish for the patrons to

    pluc
    > k
    >> >> from, they put a few toasters out for them to waste time standing

    ther
    > e
    >> >> toasting their own. I protested at the idea but they were too proud

    at
    >> >> being new restaurateurs to even consider it a preposterous one.

    >>
    >> >> Today, I walk in and all the nice dining room tables are hidden

    behind
    >> fi
    >> > ve
    >> >> foot high walled cubicles. You can't see the rest of the patrons once

    >> the
    >> > y
    >> >> walk in their cubicle and sit down out of sight. It actually made me

    >> feel
    >> >> like I was walking around in a rat maze. I said hello to two

    waitresse
    > s
    >> w
    >> > ho
    >> >> always served me well for all of almost 15 years. I asked who in

    their
    >> >> right mind would "privatize" the typical restaurant experience like

    >> this?
    >> >> They gave me pained smiles, in defense claiming the food hadn't

    change
    > d!
    >>
    >> >> A very anti-social feel to the place, now.

    >>
    >> >> I walked out telling the hostess, "I changed my mind." I'll never go

    >> back
    >> > .

    >>
    >> >> They also changed the name of the place.

    >>
    >> > That dining room sounds pretty bad. *Although it would be an ideal
    >> > place for The Rump-Ranger and his fat wife and ugly kids to hang out,
    >> > who the hell wants to look at that while they are trying to eat?
    >> > LOL

    >>
    >> > I hate when restaurants change. *It's never for the better.

    >>
    >> PVC,
    >>
    >> I don't get around as far as dining out is concerned but today was quite
    >> disturbing after so long.
    >>
    >> AND, imagine my surprise when about five years ago, whey my local "Court
    >> Diner" changed hands, and the new owners actually leveled the years old
    >> leaning "scale of justice" sign out front! A pretty long standing town

    jo
    > ke
    >> amongst patrons and employees alike. Only where's the justice in paying
    >> $6.00 for a three stack of pancakes???

    >
    > An old favorite that hasn't changed, we went out to the Hacienda this
    > evening. Man, I'm stuffed. The food and service were both A++.
    >
    > The fire roasted salsa rocks, and they bring me plenty, plus, our
    > water glasses never get empty. It is very "pound foolish" not to tip
    > really well for great service at a place you plan to return to.
    >>
    >> Best,
    >>
    >> Andy

    >
    > --Bryan



    LUCKY BUM!!!

    Andy

  19. #19
    Andy Guest

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    Bobo Bonobo® said...

    > It is very "pound foolish" not to tip
    > really well for great service at a place you plan to return to.



    I'd agree.

    When I started Sunday buffet brunching in the mid-1990s, it as $14/ea. I'd
    always pay $20 and "keep the change" compliments. Naturally, they lost
    money on "all-you-can-eat-Andy."

    After a short time, they put an invisible velvet rope across my power
    table. They treated me great and I replied in kind.

    Yesterday I asked about the price of Sunday brunch and was told $18. Not
    bad when you consider the cost of inflation, upkeep, etc., over the years
    but they cheapened the place and inconvenienced the patron's and destroyed
    the ambiance as I explained.

    The way it was: http://i43.tinypic.com/2dgru6a.jpg (zoom in if your browser
    allows.).

    [sigh]

    Andy

  20. #20
    Kswck Guest

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    "Andy" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]..
    > Old favorite restaurant changed for the worse!
    >
    > I'm BUMMED!!!
    >
    > My favorite Sunday brunch restaurant officially went down the tubes.
    >
    > Two gay men bought it years ago and went about making changes. Getting rid
    > of the linen tablecloths for paper placemats, no candles, etc. The
    > stupidest of which was instead of kitchen oven toasting the English
    > muffins
    > and bagels and tossing them in a chaffing dish for the patrons to pluck
    > from, they put a few toasters out for them to waste time standing there
    > toasting their own. I protested at the idea but they were too proud at
    > being new restaurateurs to even consider it a preposterous one.
    >
    > Today, I walk in and all the nice dining room tables are hidden behind
    > five
    > foot high walled cubicles. You can't see the rest of the patrons once they
    > walk in their cubicle and sit down out of sight. It actually made me feel
    > like I was walking around in a rat maze. I said hello to two waitresses
    > who
    > always served me well for all of almost 15 years. I asked who in their
    > right mind would "privatize" the typical restaurant experience like this?
    > They gave me pained smiles, in defense claiming the food hadn't changed!
    >
    > A very anti-social feel to the place, now.
    >
    > I walked out telling the hostess, "I changed my mind." I'll never go back.
    >
    > They also changed the name of the place.
    >
    > Andy
    > --
    > I'm no longer a danger to society.


    Even worse: When your favorite restaurant 'closes for rennovations' and
    doeesn't reopen.



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