My husband and I are history buffs. We love the idea of eating in a restaurant that is, say, 200 years old and in this area, there are many to choose from. But the food at these places runs from mediocre at best, to boring, to downright nasty. Why? Serving traditional New England food is fine, but why not do it well? Or better yet, why not reach way back and serve some actual historic food, perhaps with the spices tweaked to suit modern palates? (I've got some redactions of antique recipes I'd love to lend these places!)
And would it really be a crime to serve innovative, contemporary food at an ancient establishment?