We were so dissapointed. We come down to Marco Island every year and one of our favorite spots to have a meal at is 'Porky's last stand' and the 1st thing we noticed was that the sign had been changed to 'Porkys' and no red Corvette out front.( you see , every year we come down we're used to seeing a red corvette parked out front) and today we didn't see the corvette, & along with the new sign & lots of parking we thought hmmmm thats odd, this place is always packed.
So now we go into the restaurant, are greeted by no one and the place has maybe 1 table with a party of 8 elderly people out having dinner. We sit down, notice the menu is different and without anymore thought we order. I opted for the beef brisket (don't order it! -it had no flavor, was not obviously cooked like the traditional brisket, and was horrible) I left it and could not eat it. The salad bar was not stocked like we are used to- and remember, we come down once a year and we noticed the difference. The other people in our party ordered sandwiches and noticed that there was a philly steak sandwich on the menu( hmmmm philly steak sandwich? at porkys last stand? oooops i meant porkys.... exactly!!
After paying our bill we ran for the exits. but before exiting we went to wash our hands and noticed a local newspaper article on the wall telling its readers about new ownership and mgmt. and thats when everything was made clear to us. The article (dated July 2 of this year tells how a husband and wife from Philadelphia ( explains the philly cheese Steak) purchased the restaurant and how they wanted to make everyone feel like family (never felt like family to us!) The article tells how "Porkys last Stand" was still in Naples at Golden Gate ( there were always 2, one in Marco and the other in Naples) so that explains it. The waiter told us that general mgr. who was the owner of the corvette moved over to the Naples location when the restaurant was sold and that the chef went to that location just recently. ( explains the less than favorable food)
I gave it 1 star because we went there expecting the great tasting BBQ that has made Porkys last stand what it was, so at least we walked in. Other than that we would have never gone in knowing what we were about to walk into. Sadly, we will never go to Porkys. How do you think a restaurant will be as good as its previous owner unless the new owners are there to overlook operations? the service and quality of food has gone down as quickly as the changing of the guard. I guess the one night we opt to go to Porky's last stand will now serve as a trip to Naples to eat at one of our favorite locations except it will no longer be in Marco Island. This place will be lucky to still be open in a year from now ....... Good luck new owners but we will be staying loyal to Porkys last Stand in Naples.
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