It is really sad to see someone squander a great potential.
It may be the stoner living in his parents’ basement playing video games, hiding his 140 IQ from the world. Or the kid who ran a sub 11 second 100M sprint in high school but found the al- you-can-eat buffet in college and threw it all away.
But that’s not what I’m talking about here. I’m talking restaurants.
Last night, my wife and I went to a restaurant we used to love. It has the best patio in town and, 10 years ago, set the standard for Asian fusion food in our city.
But what happened? They still have a great patio. Yet on a gorgeous, warm Saturday night at the height of tourist season… it was dead. There were maybe 15 people on the patio and almost no one inside.
They certainly have let their prices creep up; it used to be a mid-high price point and it is now clearly in the high end.
They have let their menu get stale. Far from cutting edge, much of their menu seems to be pretty similar to what you would get at any of the dozens of take out such joints in town. They new menu additions (tacos) seem kind of out of place on their menu.
The vibe… This is one I don’t understand. They had a singer performing really nice blues music and, at 11, a DJ came in. This seems pretty cool to me (granted I’m not that cool so I may be missing something there).
I guess the restaurant business is ultra-competitive and having great space and a few good ideas isn’t enough. You need to do it all right – the menu, the atmosphere, the services… And they didn’t…shame.