The missus and I went for dinner last night- it's in our 'hood, and we've long-anticipated this replacement for The Gathering. These folks are no strangers to hospitality, with several restaurants from Santa Cruz to Hawaii.
Like many chain restaurants, the menu is not designed to break new culinary ground. It offers several very safe and familiar items that appear to be driven by the availability of ingredients from large restaurant providers.
The interior had been given a well-needed and pleasant facelift . Soft color pallette, nice smooth textures. A triptych of black-and-white photographs depicting party scenes with people opening their mouths line one wall.
The food was well-prepared and appeared consistent.
Like most contemporary restaurants, it was pretty loud, and conversation was difficult all the way across a table.
Staff was friendly, and clearly interested in trying bring a quality experience to the diners.
There is a cocktail list with many sweet cocktails, but the bar does not stock any rye whiskey.
The draft beer selection offers a wide range of Samuel Adams products.