Three of us went last night for the first time since the ownership change and were amazed how bad it was.
First off, I had a gin & tonic that came flat with no lime. It's common enough that the tonic water is off, so I went back up to the bar to get a replacement. The bartender was very agreeable to making a new one. He tried another tap that was marginally better, but didn't seem to know that a piece of lime was a key ingredient to a G & T.
We then ordered the baked artichoke hearts appetizer from the specials. It seemed to be like what you would get if you scraped the toppings off a pizza. Marinated artichoke hearts (very few) with sliced canned black olives, green peppers, onions and mushrooms, covered with mozzarella and baked. Pretty bland stuff.
Next we tried the fried calamari and got a small portion of what appeared to be stuff that they must have purchased pre-breaded and frozen. It was not at all appealing.
For entrees, my friend had the steak tips that were tough and coated in a strong sauce. They had no discernable char flavor. The grilled sausage with peppers and onions also seemed to be baked rather than grilled and my other friend declared it pretty horrible. I ordered the "english-cut" prime rib "as rare as you've got". It came completely grey. The waitress asked if that was rare enough, and I said if you have it more rare, I would prefer it. She nicely took it away and returned immediately with a beautiful pink piece. Unfortunately, it was refrigerator-cold. I figured there was no point in bringing that up, as they probably just didn't have the capacity to serve it warm and pink. At least the warm 'jus' helped to heat it a little, and I'd rather have it cool and pink than warm and well-done anyway. All the entrees came with previously frozen mixed vegetables-corn, peas, little carrot cubes, etc.- the stuff I always hated in my elementary school cafeteria.
We thought we should cut our losses and skipped desserts at that point. A good decision as, on the way out, we noticed a package of store-bought 'shortcakes', a can of whipped cream and bucket of once-frozen strawberries in the "les desserts" display. Funny. But sad.
The staff was pleasant enough, but it seemed they weren't trying very hard with the food. It's hard believe they had any pride in what they were serving.
My one friend declared it so terrible he never wanted to go there ever again- not even for a drink. Too bad, I used to like it for a cheap and easy fun night out.