I have been a fan of The Independent since it opened. Through their many amusing remodeling iterations, through several chefs, it has remained homey, comfortable, and always had some tasty food. Some periods were better than others, but there was always something about the place that kept me coming back.
Most recently, I heard that the B Side chef had moved to The Independent. This was exciting, because a) he brought the gouda in a skillet with him, and b) I always had decent food at the B Side.
However, a recent visit to The Independent was ABYSMAL. My husband had some sort of chicken and dumpling dish that looked downright gross. Although the restaurant was not busy, we sat for about 20 minutes with nary a beverage in sight (had we not been with a group of 5 friends, I would have been tempted to leave). My vegetarian sandwich was completely boring (they used to have a grilled veggie/gruyere/pickles/spicy aioli concoction that was to die for), amateurish, could easily do better at home. A friend who is also quite familiar with the place went about a week later and said his meal was rather disappointing, too.
I am sort of mourning the loss of this restaurant right now. I hope they can turn things around, but I'm really reluctant to go back.