2 Beacon Street
Spike has a new show called Bar Rescue, think Kitchen Nightmares applied to pubs. John Taffer is the Gordon Ramsay, applying science to propping up bars.
He recently helped two Framingham pubs….Angry Ham's Garage and The Chicken Bone.
I headed over to check out the work at Angry Ham's Garage after the visit with a couple friends.
The first note is during the show the name, “Angry Ham's Garage,” suggested as a somewhat pejorative reference to people from Framingham, was changed to “Octane.” That didn’t last long…and shortly after the show filming stopped the old name returned.
The bar area was about 75% occupied, and the restaurant was empty. Sitting in the restaurant, we noticed a mural commemorating Framingham (installed during the show) had been removed replaced with a (nice looking) Budweiser ad. Certainly the bridge being built to the town wasn’t symbolically retained.
We sat in the booths, and noted how dark and cold the place felt. The booths had very little lighting, and the garage motif décor just read as cold.
Not nearly as cold as our beer. I don’t know what the precise temperature was, but it was one of the coldest beers I’ve had in ages.
The music was blaring in the empty restaurant, and one of my friends commented there was too much base, with a throbbing loud beat. I had to agree…..and found it annoying. I’m OK with loud music, but it has to sound good.
We tried an appetizer plate. The wings and the fries were good, the potato skins were just “OK”, and the mozzarella triangles literally had no cheese left after the food prep.
So….another round of beers? No, we passed and moved on.
Three guys….cold beer….and we moved on after one round.
gets an AMBER LIGHT – if you want to have a cold beer, drop by. Otherwise, pass.
About the RAG scale:
Green Light – Go and enjoy
Amber Light – Use caution
Red Light – Save your time and money