New tables in town
Quackers opens a pool room; shame on Hometown Buffet
Out on the town I’d heard that Quackers had opened a pool room earlier this year and was excited to check it out. Thankfully, my co-workers and I had decided to challenge each other to a Bar Olympics (check out “Battle of the bar games,” page 16), and I took that opportunity to add Quackers to the schedule.
When we first walked in to what used to be the Crystal Room, I was blown away. Five pool tables—two 8-footers, two 9-footers and the L-shaped table that used to be at The Beach (and, before that, the University Bar). The felt is all new and is a cool gray color. And the coin-op mechanisms allow for players to pay by the game or by the hour. I’d never seen that before—pretty cool.
We had a lot of fun while we were there. The room was large and comfortable, with its own bar and a pretty impressive chandelier on the ceiling. Next time, I’ll go for more than an hour so I can sample the menu. Ever since Robert Mowry (who owns Panama Bar & Cafe, University Bar and The Beach) bought the place about a year ago, several changes have taken place. First, they changed the name to Quackers Bar & Grill and started serving food. In addition, Edwards—the swankier, more intimate bar just inside the main entrance—closed. According to a Quackers employee, Edwards is slated to become a card room sometime later this year. Stay tuned.
Shame on them When I heard recently that Chico’s Hometown Buffet closed, I said a silent “Oh, well.” Obviously the chain restaurant did decent business, but it was far from my cup of tea. But then I heard that the company had given its employees no notice whatsoever. That’s lame. For many corporations—like Hometown Buffet, apparently—employees are just numbers; they’re not individuals with families to support and rent to pay. I wish all those who lost their jobs the best of luck.