In the spirit of full disclosure, I went to high school across the street from one of the original Mother's Pizza restaurants. We had family dinners there, and in fact, I had my first real grown-up date there. I drive by the old location all the time and have always had fond memories, so I was thrilled when I saw the old Ponderosa/Red Lobster/Tony Romas re-open as Mother's.
We've waited a few months to try it out, and on Friday, we went. The restaurant is basically Tony Romas with checkered seats on the booths...There is very little of the Mother's pizza character, and the service was pretty lame...our server wasn't bad, but she wasn't on top of her game, that's for sure. The pizza was good enough, and the prices weren't bad...It cost less for the family to eat there than at Montanas or Kelseys or one of those types of places, but they need to work out some service issues.
I guess the moral of this story is that you just can't go back. I think for people like my kids, who don't have years of memories from the original, the restaurant was good enough. My advice is to leave your memories at home, and forget about your emotional attachment to the original and just eat pizza. If you can handle that, then the pizza is pretty good. If you're hoping for more, you'll be disappointed.
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