Just finished reading this article about changes they are apparently making: http://www.azcentral.com/business/art...
We tried this back in the spring. We haven't felt the need to revisit. We actually thought the food wasn't bad but there were two things that stood out to us:
It was LOUD. Very loud. I hate LOUD places, especially if I'm spending more than a couple bucks on dinner. I think I'm just getting old and grumpy but regardless the noise level was waayyy beyond our comfort level. Along with this, the tables were on top of each other. So you have to scream to be heard and you have someone sitting 4 inches from you that you've never met. If I want a communal table I'll seek one out on my own when I'm in the mood...hopefully somewhere quieter.
Also we found that while the food was pretty good it was expensive. I remember we didn't order any alchohol and our bill was in the $90-$100 range. For that kind of money it just wasn't that special....it didn't feel like a special occasion restaurant but the bill did(again we had no alcohol, just two iced teas).
We're probably not their target market...though I'm not clear reading this who is...sounds like they're planning to dumb down their original concept. It'll probably work, but based on things mentioned here we'll be even less likely to revisit.
But then again, we both know how to use chopsticks. ;)
Don't see much chatter here about it, so am thinking others who have tried it have also been underwhelmed?