View Full Version : Toby Keith's Reviews



Patrick
06-28-2005, 11:15 AM
Okay, if you've been to Toby Keith's I love this Bar and Grill, it's time to rate it. We'll start with downtownguy's view from his daily blog.

"Toby's

Enough with the hype. Iíve been to Toby Keithís I Love This Bar and Grill, and I have both praise and criticism.

Whatís wrong:
You may think the line outside is an indicator of how bad the wait is. So maybe you wait on line, and it seems to be moving fast, and youíre inside within 30 minutes.

Not bad, right? But wait, once inside, you get your name on the list and thereís another wait. Ask the hostess how long the wait is, and sheíll tell you sheís not allowed to say.

Now thatís a bit unusual, you think, but youíve already waited 30 minutes, and things seem to be moving quickly, so you put your name on the list. Now for the truth: youíre still facing an hour-long wait, and the people at the bar are also waiting. The backlog is a lot worse than it appears. You can get frustrated seeing some tables go empty Ė maybe a sign that the restaurant isnít as well staffed as it should be.

So you wait another 30 minutes. Ask the hostess how many names are in front of you: she shows you the page and says there are just two in front of you. Another 15 minutes pass, you see five more tables seated, so you go back and this time the hostess is a bit more honest with you; your page hasnít even started yet. But hold on, she saysÖ there are only five more tables left to seat on the page before yourís, so it wonít be too much longer.

While you wait, the privileged few can be seen in a classy glass encased second floor dining room that overlooks the rest of the restaurant. During the first few minutes of the wait, you wonder who these people are. A half hour later, you begin to hate them. After an hour, you want to storm the booth and steal their appetizers.

An hour and a half after first arriving, youíre seated. You wait about five minutes before the waitress gets you your drinks.

Whatís right:
Once seated, and once you get your order placed, the pace quickens. The prices are on the high side, but the portions are huge. (samples from the menu: Cheeseburger and fries, or a chicken sandwich and fries, $8, BBQ chicken, $13, 16 oz chicken fried steak, $14)
At least while youíve waited, youíve had a chance to survey all the odd dťcor thatís to be expected in a theme restaurant. Country music plays over the speakers (no live music until long after the dinner hour), while redneck programming (NASCAR, sports, country music videos) play on several televisions.

The food is damn good. And it should be for the price. Service improved dramatically once seated.

What needs to be fixed:
Donít abuse your customers, donít lie to them. Itís a rather simple concept for restaurants to follow. Would I have left if I had been told the wait would have been an hour? Yes. But I would have come back. Despite the good food and service once seated, I left still upset over how I was treated at the start. And itís still very upsetting that the hostess deceived me on my place on the list. As a customer, I should be allowed some control over how long Iím willing to wait. If I want to wait an hour, I will do so and I wonít complain. But itís wrong to take away from me the information I desire to make that choice.

And while the lines are winding around the outside of the building, I strongly suggest having one of those cute hostesses offer some water to avoid people developing heat stroke. It diddn't seem like they had anything better to do.

The good news is the problems with Tobyís would seem to be easy to fix. Theyíre at least getting the important points right.

- The Downtown Guy
www.downtownguy.blogspot.com"

terrared
06-28-2005, 11:48 AM
I guess I'll get to see first hand on Saturday -- from a customer's point of view AND from the musical entertainment's point of view.

Patrick
06-28-2005, 11:57 AM
Are you playing there?

terrared
06-28-2005, 12:03 PM
Husband's band is on Saturday, July 2nd.

fromdust
06-28-2005, 01:47 PM
my friends and i left the redhawks game early the other day and decided to check the place out. the hostess said it was a two hour wait and that they had stopped taking names. oh well. i know dtguy that waiting forever is annoying just wait till the new wears off. then youll get in faster.

mranderson
06-28-2005, 01:49 PM
my friends and i left the redhawks game early the other day and decided to check the place out. the hostess said it was a two hour wait and that they had stopped taking names. oh well. i know dtguy that waiting forever is annoying just wait till the nwe wears off. you'll get in faster.

I may take a date there in the future, however, I am waiting for the novelty to wear off. It is like seeing a hot movie the day it premiers. No way, Jose.

Keith
06-28-2005, 08:44 PM
I may take a date there in the future, however, I am waiting for the novelty to wear off. It is like seeing a hot movie the day it premiers. No way, Jose.
Ok, now you all don't get mad at me for what I am about to say.......this is just my opinion...I went to jr. high and high school with Toby Keith (Covell), and he was nothing but an arrogant, egotistical, cowboy (nothing against cowboys..just him). Now that he has made a name for himself and has gone big time, I understand from some friends that still stay in touch with him, that he is the same as he was in high school. Arrogant, controversial, and egotistical. He may sing good country music, but personality and demeanor is what makes a person, in my opinion. Will I eat at his new establishment? Probably not......I can spend that kind of money on something I know I can enjoy.

downtownguy
06-28-2005, 09:39 PM
But you've got to admit, he's a damn good singer and no wall flower. What's annoying to some is entertaining to others. Besides... "he's not as young as he once was." (line from current hit song)