So here’s the deal. My wife and I went to the Red Sox opening day, April 8th, and decided to go to Jerry Remy’s Place for a quick beer before the game. The place is right at Fenway Park, so we understood that it was going to be busy, and it was PACKED! We stood at the hostess desk with about a dozen other people, not knowing what to do or where to go. Nobody from the pub helped out – we were on our own. OK, no problem. I made a path up to the bar and found what, evidently, was the line for patrons who don’t have a table or a service person. No problem (we knew that every bar in Boston was going to be the same, packed).
It took about 15 minutes to get a draft. Again, it was to be expected. But, I have to say that the bartender was not showing any sense of urgency, he really took his time.
We were going to have lunch there before the 2:05 game start (it was ~12:00 when we got there). We decided that since it took forever to get a beer and there was nowhere to sit, that we would eat a Fenway Frank when we get to Fenway. You couldn’t talk to each other due to the wicked loud yelling and conversations going on. But that is part of the excitement of Opening Day! Yahoo!
The problem was after the game. My wife and I made plans to meet up with a friend from work and his girl, who were also at the game. The Sox were winning so we decided to leave after the bottom of the 8th to go back to Remy’s and get a table of four. We really wanted to savor the day, enjoy the atmosphere and try to eat this time. We got in right away and were seated at a small table, but it would suffice. I texted my friend to tell him where we were sitting, because it was getting packed quickly.
We ordered a drink and an appetizer from the “daily special”, 35 cent wings. The waiter told us that the “daily special” didn’t apply because it was a “game day”! Really! That wasn’t made obvious anywhere on the menu. A bit of “bait and switch” if you ask me!
So my buddy calls and tells me that they wouldn’t let him in!! Come on, this is going downhill fast!
As it turns out, the place was at capacity (I found this out by tracking down the manager). I can understand that there are laws that an establishment has to abide by, but I asked for a table of four and told the waiter that I had two more coming. He was a nice guy. The manager, on the other hand, was condescending, at best. Rude and arrogant is more like it.
So, in summary, they use “bait and switch” tactics with their food as well as selling their tables. BS is you ask me. But who’s asking?
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