Jake's Bar, as it used to be known has a special place in my heart. It was the restaurant I took my now wife on our first date, where I later asked out, where we and several friends came to have drinks the night I proposed, where I went to celebrate getting into and graduating graduate school, and where I would just frequently eat on a regular basis.
My wife and I loved the duck nachos, she loved the ribs, and I absolutely loved the meatloaf and steak. Needless to say, we know the place.
I recently took a group of friends, excited; only to find this new pretentious decor, akward vibe and a sever case of personality disorder. The Gastropub wants to be a Pan-European restaurant, but fails. The prices have been raised, and all the classics are gone. The classics have been replaced with modernistic European dishes that neither satisfy or impress.
One friend ordered a walnut salad, and received a handful of greens with literally four walnuts in it, all for the price over $13.00. I ordered a raw tuna dish which turned out to be four small pieces of tuna accompanied by a couple wedges of flat bread. I could go on and on.
In the end I was extremely embarrased because my wife and I hyped this place up to all our friends, and in the end it was outright laughable. I apologized to them for the mistake.
It breaks my heart to have a restaurant so dear to my wife and I turned into this mockery. I don't say this often, but I hope this venture fails. When so many other great restaurants falter in these economic times, it would be a crime to keep The Gastropub at Jake's open.
Cons: Too numerous