I went as a lone traveler and found a long line of people in front of me. I asked to eat at the bar, and did. Immediately, I noticed a musty odor and asked the extremely busy but friendly bartender to wipe the sticky counter in front of me. He did, but the odor didn't leave and the water was not hot or soapy enough to cut the grease. I guess a smart person would have left but I was tired and hungry. As I ate my meal, I noticed the bartender "wash" and recycle wine glasses by dipping them in a basin of water and shaking them dry before refilling them. I do not know if it was the same water, I had digestive issues the next day, which is unusual for me. In summary, a courteous and extremely hard working staff was too busy to observe reasonable hygiene when busy. I would think twice before eating here or ordering a drink poured from the bar if the restaurant is busy. Management needs to increase service staff to stay ahead of clean up around the bar area to correct issues that I mentioned, which any well trained manager should have been on top of but clearly was not on the evening I was there. If I had been from Darden's corporate office, the manager probably would have been behind the bar cleaning up before I left, and the franchisee would have had explaining to do subsequently in relation to appropriate staffing levels and training which were clearly not up to the franchise's normal standards
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