Ok Spencer, Frank went by for dinner and here's what I could squeeze out of him. More than usual I suppose to compensate for the fiasco of Thursday evening.
Frank says the crowd at Casamento's for dinner Friday evening was huge, went quickly to the door and stayed there. By 5:50 no tables were left and wthe ait after a completed initial seating is usually 45-60 minutes.
If you're not back yet, this is typical of an uptown restaurant at the present time.
He started with a dozen raw, and the dozen raw were very tasty (Frank CHEWS his bivalves!! after a more rigorious than usual cocktail sauce bath) but very mixed as far as size - six were VERY, VERY small, one was very large, and five were small to average.
There are service issues, half or more of the staff are still scattered in the diaspora. So the two young girls (turning into lookers, according to Frank) waiting on tables along with Linda and Shirley (the roly poly, older lady). One of the girls' boyfriends was bussing, there was one shucker and a skelton crew in the kitchen, but the says the food is as good as always, although the fries were cold.
The menu has been simplified and the prices edged up a bit. The dozen raw have edged up to $7.80 (?odd price). Frank also had a half soft shell crab loaf at $9 (one small crab), and a whole ERSTA loaf at $11.90 (?odd price!). Fries have jumped to $2.25.
The fried oysters did not vary much in size, being mainly of the smaller size.
And finally Frank added that he was told that the crabs varied in size and could be priced anywhere between $9 and $11.
I'm flying back Saturday morning to save my clothes from a typical male idea of cleaning and storage, and hopefully I'll get a dinner at Lola's tomorrow evening. Lola's supposedly reopened Monday past.