On Sunday night, Bennie and I visited an old favourite we hadn’t checked out for a while.
We’d heard there were new owners running the place.
Indeed, about the time this joint was on the market, our previous post on it received quite few visitors. Prospective buyers doing their research?
Would the food in particular and the experience as a whole be of the same excellent standard as previously?
Yes, there was a new crew running the place – and doing a grand job of it.
The service was tip-top, the smiles wides, with walk-ins being treated to the same standard of friendliness as the many phone-ins.
The phone barely stopped ringing the whole time we were in the house.
Well, on the one hand what we got was all anyone could rightfully expect of a pair of $5 burgers, bacon $1 extra, small serve of chips for $3.
But on the other hand, the chips were dull and quite a few of them were barely lukewarm.
The burgers seemed equally drab and a mite miserly, with the patties those cheapy kind that when cooked have texture and taste closer to meatloaf than a beefy burger.
It was an average meal but typical of the kind you’d expect from such an establishment. But it was notably less impressive than those we’d been served by the previous owners.
Were this a bigger business or a trendy one with plenty of supporters and fans and potential defenders, I’d be up for an explicit and honest review.
But … this is a lovely little “mom and pop” operation.
And as it stands – today, right now – I’m feeling squeamish about laying it all out. As well, it could be that other aspects of the food available – such as fish and chips – remain excellent.
So, dear readers, the question is: Do you want to know – no matter what, and no matter the cost and consequences, potentially quite damaging, to the businesses involved in such cases?
(To those of you really curious and who take the time to email me, I’ll spill the beans!)