Yikes...when we walked in, i noted that it felt like a tourist trap (i live here, but had not yet tried this place out). The hostess overheard my comment and was quick to whisper to me that, indeed, "This is a tourist trap." Points for her honesty. I wont go into detail on how bad the food was from the rubber shrimp to the completely dry wreckfish. I just dont know how the same ownership group that owns arguably the best place in town can associate itself with such a travesty of a restaurant. Next time Ill just head out to Red Lobster if Im in the mood for kitsch and bad seafood.
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Bass, I've had the exact same experience. In the end, I guess if VT doesnt want to market themselves and the bands they get better, thats their choice. Its just a shame because its one of the few decent bars in Mt. P and one of the only ones worth going to with pool tables and a decent beer list. Eventually the great bands on national tours that they somehow get (i.e. Samantha Crain/Tao and the Get Down, Stay Down) will stop coming because of the poor crowds---only 15-20 people witnessed a great SC/Tao show.
In the last two years I've seen a few great shows at Village Tavern from up and coming national acts. I can only imagine the shows that I have missed and the crowds that VT is missing out on due to their pitiful digital presence. Its hard to believe they don't have anything resembling a website and updated gig calendar.
I would agree about preferring to eat antibiotic-free meat, regardless of the animal. I just found it odd that they specifically mention the chicken on the daily special as being hormone-free. This was not a broad "hormone-free meat" statement. Also they make no assertion about antibiotics, leaving me to assume the chicken they use is the same generic supermarket-grade chicken you get elsewhere.
In the end they deserve applause for taking the steps that they have. I just thinks its a little disingenuous to put "hormone-free chicken"- though they are certainly are not the only ones guilty of it. At least in the grocery store they are forced to add an asterisk acknowledging that in fact all chicken is required to be hormone-free.
I'm disappointed i wasn't able to make it, but glad to hear it was such as success.
Dont like that a place allows dogs?... then complain to the restaurant. If they ignore your complaint and choose to allow dogs then more power to them. Go somewhere else, no one is forcing you to eat there.
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