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I, my boyfriend and my roommate all went into Mouton and had a really nice time when they first opened up. I have been a server, bartnder, bar manager, cook, dishwasher and customer in a lot of restaurants. So my penny of thoughts comes with years of experience in the industry behind it. It was warm in there (hence the HVAC issues) but I figured they’d get it cooled down. I even comment to my group that I bet it was hard to cool a place with those types of windows. The olives were good, the wine was good, the prosciutto was the best. One thing that seemed to be a take-back was the tap water. IMO if youre going to serve top knotch wine, cheese and prosciutto, then at least have a filter to make your water not taste like city water. Imagine this situation “This wine is surpurb and the cheese is magnificent, let me clean my palette before a taste of the prosciutto with this….tapwater”. A filtered water would really add to the experience. Yes, it was a little on the pricey side, but I knew I was paying for an experience, not just the food and drink.
There were a couple of other wrinkles, but my experience in the industry allowed me to chalk them up to opening challanges and not crucial failures. However, people will only tolerate “we’re new and figuring it out” for so long (like a couple of weeks) before they abandon you. I went to Rossi once when they opened, they screwed everything up, were arrogant about it (a la Apple/Stever Jobs/iPhone 4) and I never went back. My suggestion is that everytime there is a challenge repeat the mantra “react, adapt, overcome” and let that help you find the path to fix it.
My thoughts are not meant to be malicious, but constructive. As the person of in charge of client care for my company – i also put a lot of emphasis on the guest experience every time they interact with us.
I think the concept is solid and there is a lot of potential in the place. I’m going to wait a few more weeks to let more of the wrinkles iron themselves out and give it another shot. Having traveled in Europe, i’m really excited to see a taste of Continental Europe (which I miss dearly) in Columbus.
Ps – my boyfriend loves your prosciutto and thought it was priced well. Wrap it around some melon and he might not leave your place! :)July 9, 2010 9:09 pm at 9:09 pm in reply to: Is cu mssgebrd just a crclejrk of frnds who try to be cool? #385909
Wait – i’m really confused about our cult – so are we cheapskate freaks who sit around in our undewear trying to get stuff half off – or are we Wal-Mart shopping cult enthusiasts which might be confused as southern Republicans. I mean I wouldn’t object to belonging to another cult in which we pretend to be cool in our undewear. Maybe we should wear our underwear on the outside of our pants and belts on our heads ala Doug. I already belong to one cult where we wear a lot of funny hats so that wouldn’t be a stretch. And circlejerks are overrated; someone always feels left out. This message has been brought to you by all the vowels me and Big Bird stole from the first post. Ta Dah!
I go to Mukha in the Short North for my body hair removal. I don’t have the whole Brazilian thingy done – just my back and a couple of other places where i have peach fuzz and don’t like it. They have great customer service, but aren’t “cheap” ($75 bucks for them to make your bum hairless), but if i’m looking for someone to groom my nether region – i’m not sure that going with the cheapest bidder is the way to go.July 9, 2010 4:28 pm at 4:28 pm in reply to: SWACO doesnt want recycling to bankrupt their landfill… #386158
I too was “like really?!” when I read the article and I fully support Liz’s new venture. What I’m reading between the lines is that SWACO was built on a 1980’s business model where everthing was disposable and they invested money in a 1980’s model and can’t/won’t react, adapt and overcome to the quickly changing solid waste business environment becasue they’re so entrenched into an outdated model. So by keeping the status quo and resisting change, they’re “protecting” a bad investment. It’s almost like they subscribe to the G. W. Bush model of management “regardless of the facts and truth, I continue to believe this”.
I’d LOVE to see a landfill go out of business because of so much recycling. I’m really ok with my tax dollars going to make a landfill fail as opposed to proping up failing banks and car builders.
Sorry to be tardy to the party – but I wanted to throw in my two-cents. I’m childless and want to remain so and I don’t dislike children so much as I only like them in very small doses. That includes my own nieces and nephews. My sister has 3 differnt kids by 3 different men (stay classy Erin) so avoid people thinking that I’m “apprehensive of the responsibility” I’ve decided to be the Dad figure for them rather than spread my seed far and wide.
But I digress…let me talk about kids in restaurants. I’m 110% for kids whose parents have taught them to behave and can eat in a restaurant with the rest of us. Kudos to those parents and hats off to your skills. However, I am not above telling parents who allow their kids to (insert annoying behavior here)at a restaurant that their kids behavior is inappropriate and to rectify the situation. Yes – I am that guy. I want to spend my money and enjoy my meal without the background white noise of crying/screaming/misbehaving children.
Ever see that Family Guy episode where Brian yells at the kid in the Denny’s? That’s me. In spades. Well almost.
All of my friends and fraternity brothers whom I still socialize with are now reproducing and invite me to social gatherings at their suburban homes. I ask them if this is a kid free event – if they say no – I decline the invitation. It chaps my ass as well when I was told that an event was kid-free and then someone brings theirs and then expects me to watch my language/topic of conversation, etc.
With all of that said – my nephew is now 14, almost 15 and I love taking him out to restaurants where he can try new foods and he enjoys the time with me just as much. I started doing this when he was fairly young and it turned out great. He has a rich culinary and cultural palate.
Ok two things:
1) I’ve never had fish boat – but based on how happy it makes people i’m going to have to try it this year
2) I was just talking to my friend Jessica who runs with a hipster crowd – she was saying that somewhere in the “creepy manifesto” that Comfest put out that there was a whole paragraph that basically said “no hipsters allowed” so all the hipster kids are planning some bumpin’ afterparties because they’re boycotting ComFest. I went online and read this years program, but didn’t see anything busting the hipsters balls – did I miss something or is Jessica just crackers mad?
3)I agree with Lew – no damn dogs at ComFest! I’ve got two dogs I love dearly and because I love them I leave them at home. You know who I see with dogs at ComFest? Some girls, some gay boys but mostly skinny-assed white trash straight boys with their t-shirts off with baggy beltless jeans dragging some pit-bull-mixed dog through the streets with this “i’m skinny and poor but i have a tough dog so respect me” attitude. Leave your damn dog at home and I’ll respect you more.
The viewing area of Hamilton is overall probably the best. Don’t park outside the fence on Stelzer or the surrounding area – the port authority police don’t like that. Just make sure that you’re out of the viewing areas before dark or the port authority police will come and shoo you away. If you don’t mind spending a couple of bucks, the top of the parking garage is great for watching planes. You can bounce back and forth between the two runways to get view of planes you want to see.
All the hating on BW’s wings – maybe i’m partial because i “grew up” eating them at the original high/woodruff location when i was in college. The fraternity house was just up the street on Woodruff – it was easy to get stuffed full, drunk and then stumble home.
But Roosters? Every time i’ve been there and gotten wings they’ve been TERRIBLE! Maybe it’s just the Roosters in German Village is bad. I did have some pretty good wings at Quaker Steak and Lube a few weeks ago. Tehy were quite meaty and tasty.
I also make a pretty good full sized baked wing tossed in Frank’s Wing Sauce. I get the wings from Meat Packers Outlet (see related thread).
Breaded wings vs. unbreaded wings? I always vote for unbreaded. Does anybody do a grilled wing instead of deep fried?
Her and Orly…
First – i’m not getting into this “you’re less liberal than me so you must be a Nazi” sub-thread that seems to have exploded. I’m going to re-rail this where I thought it was supposed to be going “What do you think about Mayor Coleman’s directive regarding Arizona”. I called into the Mayor’s office yesterday and voiced my opinion which was “I haven’t decided how I feel about the Arizona law, but what I do know is that if we need to send a city official to Arizona to receive training to make Columbus better, we need to look out for Columbus first and put political grandstanding second. If it helps this city, so be it. Don’t shortchange Columbus or a sound bite.” I also am not a big fan of Chinas policies on human rights either, but we seem to have no problem sending tons of jobs to them and buying a LOT of stuff made in their country. What about other crazy laws that we probably sould be rejecting to en mass? Like Montana’s super restrictive laws regading women’s reproductive rights? If we’re going to lambaste Arizona on a law that effects a minority of Arizona residents, then we probably should really go after Montana whose law effect about 50% of their population.
In short the Mayor needs to mind the store in Columbus and fix our issues here. When Columbus is running at 100%, then he can medel in other state’s issues.
I used to love their pizza too. When it was in the SN I used to get pizza to go at least once or twice a week. I hate to say it but they may have jumped the shark by moving to grandview. I know SN space is expensive – but they could have taken a page from the Late Night Pizza/Capt. Cream Cheese playbook and built a shack :)
Joev is right: it might not be the concept that puts them out of business, but the management.
With the economy picking up now, about when this project is done with a year long apartment conversion, it should be ripe for the heavy rental season in spring 2011. Hard to find a downtown apartment? pish posh! http://www.metro-rentals.com
They also sharpen knives at the Cookware Sorcerer in the Short North. Just take them in and Nancy will take care of it for you. It’s easy and supports a great store. I’ve got a 16″ butcher knife that has been passed down from my great grandfather to me, and she always shapens it to a razor edge.
You’re right – I think they did sell that off.