I've looked at all of the previous reviews and the majority of them are reviewing this place as though it is Carrabba's, or your classy date night restaurant. This place is a BAR first (and yes, I'm familiar it's named after a song) and a GRILL second. In addition, it's a BAR...do you often take your children to a BAR and expect it to be Chuckie Cheese's? Basically, this is a BAR, that serves food. I'm not going to sit and bash other peoples reviews, however, I feel that there is some common sense that should be brought to light here, rather than just bashing a place that perhaps wouldn't have been a good idea to bring your children to in the first place.
One rule of thumb I feel is good for parents to go by is: If the restaurant does not have a kids section on the menu, it would be a clear indication that their restaurant is not geared towards children.
That being said, No, it's probably not a place to bring your children if you feel that short shorts and tight shirts are going to be inappropriate. After all, it is a BAR.This is basically the same dress style as Hooters, so I'm not sure why this is such a shock. My suggestion would be for the parents to visit the BAR before deciding to bring their children. Or, once inside the doors, the moment that you noticed this was probably not suitable attire or a suitable location for their children to feast on chicken fingers and macaroni and cheese, they could choose to go to elsewhere. I don't see it fair to bash the restaurant with a low rating and negative review for this, because they didn't force you to bring your children and/or force you to stay once you arrived, nor did they advertise it as a "kid friendly" establishment or hint it to be that in any way.
The inside of the bar is rather "open" with lots of space. The bar is located right in the middle of the room. The tables are mainly seated around the outer parts of the room. There is a stage area and an open area for when they have shows. There is also a room in the corner off the stage, which has clear glass windows around it, which I believe is there for private parties. On my visit, the staff were friendly and attentive. As for the food that I've had: the Nachos are huge, piled high and tasty, and the Chili con Queso was also very good. The liquor drinks are made nicely and the beer is cold. There were numerous people taking part in checking on us and bringing us food while my family and I were there. They weren't too busy at the time I was there, so there was no waiting involved, however, I wouldn't plan on going there for a Friday or Saturday night dinner and expecting not to wait, but then again, I would choose to go here for the bar atmosphere anyways, not to sit and enjoy a complete dinner anyways. Their prices are a little bit high for some of the entrees, however, that comes with the territory of being located in City Center. The appetizer prices and drink prices are pretty much on par with other bars around.
Overall I was very satisfied with my visit. A major issue in my opinion, is that this location, in City Center, is one of the nicer, if not the nicest areas in Newport News. Due to that, this area attracts a lot of people that want to get away from the old areas or run down areas of Newport News. I feel that this bar would have fared well in a location similar to where PBR and Luckies are. City Center seems to be more appealing to people looking for what Red Star Tavern was. A more mellow type, shirt and tie kind of place where coworkers and bosses come to enjoy happy hour after a long day. City Center just seems to be an odd fit for a Toby Keith's, based on the crowd that frequents this area. However that is just my opinion. The place is still fairly new, and seems to be a popular spot on Weekends, so hopefully they'll continue to improve and stay in business.
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