A close friend and I stopped into Cafeteria last night for a drink after work. We thought that it could be a good mix up to the normal scene on Newbury. We stepped in out of the rain and, after waiting for the hostess to finish her conversation with a waitress at the stand(a big no no at every restaurant I've worked), we decided to walk to the bar. The main floor of the restaurant is slightly recessed from street level, and the bar is a in a reverse "s" shape with what appears to be a decent selection of top shelf drinks. I say "appears to be" because after my friend and I sat at that bar, we look towards the bartender to get a drink. The bartender continued his conversation with another server while nursing a cocktail, and as we checked our watch, 7 minutes went by without a mention from the bartender. So we walked. Won't be back.
For the useful information for Chow purposes. The restaurant, for a Tuesday night, was ok. They were 25-30% full, but considering it was a rainy tuesday, not too bad. LIke I said, as we were never offered service, I cannot comment on the food or drink. For the service however, the new owner of Cafeteria is wasting what appears to be a great location and great design on poor service and management. I wish them well in the "learning curves" of a new restaurant.