After hearing that Flint's was open again I checked it out.
First couple of things I noticed: no smokey smell in the air outside and when I approached I heard the employees inside hollering and I thought to myself, "they're open but are they yelling at each other? Whatthehell?"
Once inside I realized the counter person talking to some friends, hanging out. It was slow time at 3 p.m. and then her friends cleared out. She greeted me with a nice "Hi darlin'" and then launches instantly into, "Pork Ribs, Chicken, Beef Ribs" (that's what they had). I tell her, "Pork Rib dinner, mild sauce". Three minutes later I'm gone.
Driving home I'm thinking, "it smells the same".
When I finally got to sit down and eat my reaction was "the meat is good as ever, falls off the bone, still smells smokey, but the mild sauce was just a little bland" but pretty much inhaled it any way. Still good.
Over all impression: still worth it, 85% of what it use to be...maybe onder the medium sauce next time. Attitude-wise, to quote a friend, "less Billie Holiday more Mary J.", i.e., it's a generational thing.