We've been going to The Grapevine for years. I'm talking, like 20+ years, since it first opened. Last night my wife and I went to listen to a friend who was performing there. It was on a Monday and it was at the start of Restaurant Week. Like I said before, we'd been going here for a long time; special dinners, celebratory events, important night's out, we've always thought of The Grapevine. The last time we were there was right after the new owners took over. That experience was spoiled by an obnoxious, pretentious, self righteous bar tender/wine sommelier who preached and bored us to death as we tried to enjoy a meal. OK, so now that guy is gone, and we went back. We sat at the bar, so we could listen to the music we came for, and being restaurant week, was offered the special menu. My wife and I opted to split a meal, as we often do. When we asked the bartender about this, she said: "Oh no...we can't do that. The whole point of restaurant week is to offer up a menu at a lower price and it would be too much effort for the money for the kitchen to split up the meal onto two plates." Really? Was she kidding? My wife was shocked! How crazy is that? Just to be sure, she asked: "Are you saying it's too much work to split a salad and an entree onto two plates?" She said that was insane, said we have been customers for years and was ready to leave, and the bartender just nodded, but added that she would ask the kitchen. Well, it took some time before she came back, but she finally did, and in a tone that was just 'perfect', said: "they'll make an exception this time".
Put quite a damper on the whole evening. When the Caesar Salad came out, it was OK, nothing spectacular, but OK. The main dish of pasta bolognese, was, I am happy to say, fabulous. OK, that parts down, and then I asked for a cup of coffee to finish my meal with. Not OK. "Oh, our coffee machine is broken."....Really? It's Restaurant Week where you are trying to introduce your place to new customers.....and your coffee machine is broken?......Needless to say, despite the fact that this place has been great in the past, given the attitude received by this bartender....that's the last time I'll ever set foot in there again.