Posts Tagged ‘Decatur’

free stuff from the folks at sketchworks.

the folks over at sketchworks, the sketch comedy troupe in decatur, are looking for your help. they are getting ready to make a pitch for a tv show and they need assistance rating some of their recorded skits.

they are hosting a free focus session tomorrow night at their theater in decatur, and if you are willing to spend about 90 minutes rating some pretty funny stuff from 1-5, they will give you a free ticket to a live show in the future.

i’ve reviewed sketchworks before, and i found it hillarious, so i think this will be fun if you are a fan of saturday night live style humor. plus, it’s free and you get a free ticket to a future show.

check it out if you can and bring friends….

june 26, 7:30 pm
sketchworks theater
3041 north decatur road
scottdale, ga 30079

Opening The Grange

The bold, brushed-steel sign of The Grange public house.

The bold, brushed-steel sign of The Grange public house.

It probably isn’t fair to judge a new restaurant on its opening night.[1] I’m sure The Grange doesn’t want me to do that and, honestly, I don’t think I want to do that to them. So let’s call this a first impression, with the understanding that we’ll meet again soon.

I found out The Angel was closing the hard way: I showed up and no one was there. The place was lights-out and empty. Uh-oh, I thought. Good news is, the place didn’t lay fallow for long. Better news is, The Grange kept pretty much everything that was good about The Angel’s space—the dark woods, the brick patio, the tile floor, and the little pub-nooks—and added just a bit of light, just a bit of air, to open it up and make it feel fresh.

On to the bad news. Saturday night, the joint was hopping, but tangled. The space between patio and bar was wandered by folks trying to figure out the seating situation, with no host and no list to help. I like wandering into a self-serve pub space, sure, but that night was just too busy for that. A tall man with keys on the end of a long spoon rushed around, apologizing for late dinners and calming frustrated customers. Beer was being brought in by the six-pack. They were in the weeds.

So let’s go back to some good news. Service was happy, attentive, and up-front. As soon as our waitress knew there was going to be a delay on our food, she let us know. Our appetizer showed up quick and hot.

Which brings us back to some bad news. The food on Saturday night was a bust. In an Irish pub, chips shouldn’t be skinny, limp, soggy things. What comes with them shouldn’t be a plastic Solo cup of blue-cheese dressing. Fish and chips shouldn’t consist of a single ragged piece of fish burned within an inch of edibility and more of those skinny fries. The shepherd’s pie was ordinary.

Word since Saturday, though, is better. The report I got says “Grange impressed” and “Good food.” Also, “Great hangout vibe,” which I sure agree with.

Friendly advice, Grange? Commit to the Irish vibe on your menu, nail those pub-favorite dishes, and add some distinctive dish that gives your place its own voice. In the meantime, I’ll keep my fingers crossed that The Grange stays busy enough to find its flow. The trick is giving a new place time to find its footing without, you know, just not going and accidentally running it out business, I guess.

Not to jinx it, but I’d be surprised if they can’t make it work there.

1. I’ve read that some restaurant critics give a new place three months to get their act together before they review the place. How long do you wait?

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