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  • Taxpayer ll
    July 02, 2010 - 13:35

    I find it interesting that I make a comment about the dismal restaurant situation here in St. John's, and the regular trolls have to immediately make comments about me. I don't comment on other posters, but reserve my comments(usually) about the topic at hand. Disagree with me...yes...but why always go for the poster, not the topic?
    As far as Swiss chalet I completely agree, It's not the best, but if you have kids and don't want to eat pizza where do you go? As far as the Keg I was just offering my opinion that the food there is not as good as other Kegs that I have been to. That is my opinion. I wish there were a few more decent family restaurants in this town, that is my opinion. Why do people wish to attack someone for having an opinion?

  • Taxpayer ll
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    Just a note to ME, I certainly don't think that mainland canada is ...better... than NL, in any way. I do think that there is a real lack of decent restaurants in this town, and that the Kegs on the mainland are much, much better than the one here.I think all it would take is one decent place to set the standard, and the rest would have to follow.

  • Saucy Face
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    Everyone who frequents the downtown is glad it's over, but that's the price of progress. If the construction happened near the Avalaon Mall, the stores in there would have suffered. It is what it it, the luck of the draw, no one's fault.

    As for Taxpayer's claim that the service at the Harbour Drive Keg is bad, that's crap. I've eaten at a number of Keg's in Canada while on business travel and I don't see them as being any different than the one on Harbour Drive.

  • Santa
    July 02, 2010 - 13:31

    Taxpayer II... our standards in NL are much lower than all other provinces. We lack adequate competition to get good products and services, as such we get montly seconds , and I don't mean in servings. So long as it's as good as deep fried chicken or deep fried fish, NLers are pretty happy. We are not known for our quality of food.

  • Sharon
    July 02, 2010 - 13:30

    With respect to a comment in this article, by me, stating the construction was probably worth it was certainly not what I meant. I think this construction was absolutely necessary and I look forward to a clean harbour and anything that is done to help enrich our fabulous harbour and downtown area.

  • Dawn
    July 02, 2010 - 13:28

    I have to been to the Keg a few times and the food was not that great. I have been to many restaurants in the city and my best experience was Yellowbelly Brewery. The food was great, reasonably priced and their wings are the best in the city . The restoral they did on the building is fabulous and their staff are great and very informative on their menu

  • wow
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    Taxpayer ll you are the most negative and pessimistic person I have every read on these blogs...you need a few weeks off. I have never read one thing from you you that is positive, or constructive. Why not make a new years promise to all of us and offer something constructive and helpful.

  • Eli
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    A lot of people who patronize the Keg are the same ones who frequest Bianca's. All are on a Government credit card.

  • Dave
    July 02, 2010 - 13:25

    Taxpayer II must be vying for Karl Wells' column.

  • Townie
    July 02, 2010 - 13:25

    I have only eaten at the Keg here in St. John's once and I won't be rushing back... unless it's on someone else's bill. Service was sufficient; not great, but not bad. However, the food was not fit for a labrador dog. It is unfortunate that I had a bad experience the first time, because even if everything else on their menu is top notch, I am not willing to pay the price to try new things that I might like, especially when there are other options in such a close proximity.


    As for the construction, it has been going on so long, that most everyone is used to it now. Consequently, any business owner/manager who is attributing their lack of success on such external factors for this long, should consider and evaluate other alternatives to increase their bottom line.

  • Jennifer
    July 02, 2010 - 13:25

    I think its funny that Taxpayer II considers Swiss Chalet good family food. I have always had cold greasy meals from there and wouldn't recommend it to anyone therefore I can't see your standards being very high.

  • Maxine
    July 02, 2010 - 13:23

    I don't often go to the Keg for their steak dinners HOWEVER their nachos, ambiance and beer, cannot be beat!

    I've always had great service there.

  • Andy
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    I, too, find The Keg overrated and overpriced. Food and service is OK, but for the price, it should be great. Montana's has a terrific atmosphere, and so does Don Cherry's, but compared to their mainland cousins they lag far behind. Just because a restaurant may be a local franchise of a popular national chain, that doesn't always make it great, and yes, if you've never eaten at the same chain outside the province you'll never have anything to compare it to. If Mr. Moore and his people are able to boost an increase in business despite the harbourfront construction, more power to them, but we should all remember there are a lot of great locally-owned and operated restaurants (non-franchised) that could use our business just as much. Don't go to The Keg just because it's The Keg; try another place for a change, and you'll more often than not be pleasantly surprised. It's no good to complain about a particular restaurant over and over again if you never try another-- really, if it was so bad the first time, why do you continue to go back?

  • T
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    I agree completely with Taxpayer II. The food at The Keg here in St. John's is just really not that good. I have eaten at The Keg in both Montreal and Ottawa and found the food to be fantastic. Three times I have tried The Keg here in NL and was very disappointed each time.

    I won't go back to The Keg here in St. John's.

  • Darryl
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    The only person here I agree with is downtownmerchant. I guess know one really understood the point of the article. Well, nothing new here, just another group of ignorant, ill informed individuals jumping the gun again. You guys should run for government we need people like you. lol

  • Telling it like it is
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    Taxpayer II

    Is related to Willie Hunt.

    they enjoy offending and insulting people.

    Adjusting a famous quote from the Wizard of Oz....

    Pay no attention to the moron behind the computer.

    As for the article, I have eaten at the Keg in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and St. John's and have seen little to no difference in service or quality.

  • John
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    It will take more than a better road for me to shop downtown. Just a brutal snarl. Thank God for Stravenger and Kelsey Drive and the Avalon Mall.

  • downtownmerchant
    July 02, 2010 - 13:14

    Its sad that the point of this article has been completely missed. It wasn't about food or service, it was about the condition of the downtown merchant.

  • Foodie
    July 02, 2010 - 13:14

    Hey Taxpayer , if you actually do pay taxes, as you seem to spend alot of time complaining about things you seem to know little about, maybe you should go back to the emerald palace if you don't like the food at the keg. I have eaten at some of the best restaurants in the country and the US (One Hazelton, North 44, Queue de Cheval, Capital Grill etc), and I would put some of the restaurants here in town up against any of them. While some of them may lack the finish that some of these multi million dollar establishments have, their food is top notch. As for the keg, I have eaten there probably 30 times and have never had a bad meal. It's reasonably priced and always consistent. My suggestion to taxpayer is to go to the food court at the avalon mall, he should fine some gourmet cuisine there...

  • Me
    July 02, 2010 - 13:14

    I totally disagree with Taxpayer's comments regarding the Keg. I have spent many years traveling across Canada and have eaten at the Keg at least 85% of the time. I have eaten at The Keg in Toronto and didn't find any difference, I found the staff here much nicer!! I agree that it is your opinion, i just cannot stand the attitude of some people, that mainland Canada is always better than NL. COMPLETELY DISAGREE!!!

  • David
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    I agree, the service at The Keg here is not very good, they're rushing you out the door. And the food is pricey pub fo0d with a decent steak. For another $20 per couple you can got to many other better local restaurants and get much better food and service i.e. Portobello's, Magnum and Steins, Casbah etc. etc.

  • Barry
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    I have to agree with Taxpayer ll, the 2 times I have been to the Keg here in St. John's the food and service was very disappointing. The 2nd time I went I was hoping that the first visit was just an off day for the staff but it was just as bad as the previous visit, the 5 of us got our orders at different times and it was just not a enjoyable night out, I will not be giving the Keg a 3rd chance.

  • Shelly
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    I wanted to add that I have been to the Keg in St. John's many times and the food and the service have been fabulous. Perhaps if you go into the Keg with such a negative attitude, you get that in return.

  • St. John's Diner
    July 02, 2010 - 13:11

    I've been to the Keg at least 30 times since it's been open, and I've never had a bad experience there. The fact that sales are still climbing there speak volumes. As for other good family restaurants in the city, I'd recommend Cora's, Klondike Jake's, and East Side Marios.

  • back atya
    July 02, 2010 - 13:11

    Taxpayer II = Nasty Nate

  • Taxpayer ll
    July 02, 2010 - 13:08

    Iv'e been to keg restuarants all over Canada, and this one is by far the worst. I am a big fan of the keg, and waited with much anticipation for this restaurant to open, only to be very dissapointed. The food is lackluster and the service barely adequate. Friends and associates who visit from the mainland tell me the same. If this store was in any other jurisdiction it would surely fail. We have very, very few good retaurants in this town...the Cellar and Biancas are just about it. When franchises like the Keg open up here they become what i call Newfoundlandised... corners are cut, margins are thin, staff are well..incompetent.
    Go to the Keg mansion downtown Toronto, then go to the keg downtown St. John's, the difference is like day and night.
    We have no good family retaurants here, only Swiss chalet. There are no IHOP or Outback,olive garden etc. If they did come they would be Newfoundlandised, and the food and service would suffer, so I guess it wouldn't matter anyway.

  • Taxpayer ll
    July 01, 2010 - 20:25

    I find it interesting that I make a comment about the dismal restaurant situation here in St. John's, and the regular trolls have to immediately make comments about me. I don't comment on other posters, but reserve my comments(usually) about the topic at hand. Disagree with me...yes...but why always go for the poster, not the topic?
    As far as Swiss chalet I completely agree, It's not the best, but if you have kids and don't want to eat pizza where do you go? As far as the Keg I was just offering my opinion that the food there is not as good as other Kegs that I have been to. That is my opinion. I wish there were a few more decent family restaurants in this town, that is my opinion. Why do people wish to attack someone for having an opinion?

  • Taxpayer ll
    July 01, 2010 - 20:24

    Just a note to ME, I certainly don't think that mainland canada is ...better... than NL, in any way. I do think that there is a real lack of decent restaurants in this town, and that the Kegs on the mainland are much, much better than the one here.I think all it would take is one decent place to set the standard, and the rest would have to follow.

  • Saucy Face
    July 01, 2010 - 20:23

    Everyone who frequents the downtown is glad it's over, but that's the price of progress. If the construction happened near the Avalaon Mall, the stores in there would have suffered. It is what it it, the luck of the draw, no one's fault.

    As for Taxpayer's claim that the service at the Harbour Drive Keg is bad, that's crap. I've eaten at a number of Keg's in Canada while on business travel and I don't see them as being any different than the one on Harbour Drive.

  • Santa
    July 01, 2010 - 20:19

    Taxpayer II... our standards in NL are much lower than all other provinces. We lack adequate competition to get good products and services, as such we get montly seconds , and I don't mean in servings. So long as it's as good as deep fried chicken or deep fried fish, NLers are pretty happy. We are not known for our quality of food.

  • Sharon
    July 01, 2010 - 20:18

    With respect to a comment in this article, by me, stating the construction was probably worth it was certainly not what I meant. I think this construction was absolutely necessary and I look forward to a clean harbour and anything that is done to help enrich our fabulous harbour and downtown area.

  • Dawn
    July 01, 2010 - 20:16

    I have to been to the Keg a few times and the food was not that great. I have been to many restaurants in the city and my best experience was Yellowbelly Brewery. The food was great, reasonably priced and their wings are the best in the city . The restoral they did on the building is fabulous and their staff are great and very informative on their menu

  • wow
    July 01, 2010 - 20:13

    Taxpayer ll you are the most negative and pessimistic person I have every read on these blogs...you need a few weeks off. I have never read one thing from you you that is positive, or constructive. Why not make a new years promise to all of us and offer something constructive and helpful.

  • Eli
    July 01, 2010 - 20:13

    A lot of people who patronize the Keg are the same ones who frequest Bianca's. All are on a Government credit card.

  • Dave
    July 01, 2010 - 20:12

    Taxpayer II must be vying for Karl Wells' column.

  • Townie
    July 01, 2010 - 20:12

    I have only eaten at the Keg here in St. John's once and I won't be rushing back... unless it's on someone else's bill. Service was sufficient; not great, but not bad. However, the food was not fit for a labrador dog. It is unfortunate that I had a bad experience the first time, because even if everything else on their menu is top notch, I am not willing to pay the price to try new things that I might like, especially when there are other options in such a close proximity.


    As for the construction, it has been going on so long, that most everyone is used to it now. Consequently, any business owner/manager who is attributing their lack of success on such external factors for this long, should consider and evaluate other alternatives to increase their bottom line.

  • Jennifer
    July 01, 2010 - 20:12

    I think its funny that Taxpayer II considers Swiss Chalet good family food. I have always had cold greasy meals from there and wouldn't recommend it to anyone therefore I can't see your standards being very high.

  • Maxine
    July 01, 2010 - 20:08

    I don't often go to the Keg for their steak dinners HOWEVER their nachos, ambiance and beer, cannot be beat!

    I've always had great service there.

  • Andy
    July 01, 2010 - 20:04

    I, too, find The Keg overrated and overpriced. Food and service is OK, but for the price, it should be great. Montana's has a terrific atmosphere, and so does Don Cherry's, but compared to their mainland cousins they lag far behind. Just because a restaurant may be a local franchise of a popular national chain, that doesn't always make it great, and yes, if you've never eaten at the same chain outside the province you'll never have anything to compare it to. If Mr. Moore and his people are able to boost an increase in business despite the harbourfront construction, more power to them, but we should all remember there are a lot of great locally-owned and operated restaurants (non-franchised) that could use our business just as much. Don't go to The Keg just because it's The Keg; try another place for a change, and you'll more often than not be pleasantly surprised. It's no good to complain about a particular restaurant over and over again if you never try another-- really, if it was so bad the first time, why do you continue to go back?

  • T
    July 01, 2010 - 20:02

    I agree completely with Taxpayer II. The food at The Keg here in St. John's is just really not that good. I have eaten at The Keg in both Montreal and Ottawa and found the food to be fantastic. Three times I have tried The Keg here in NL and was very disappointed each time.

    I won't go back to The Keg here in St. John's.

  • Darryl
    July 01, 2010 - 19:58

    The only person here I agree with is downtownmerchant. I guess know one really understood the point of the article. Well, nothing new here, just another group of ignorant, ill informed individuals jumping the gun again. You guys should run for government we need people like you. lol

  • Telling it like it is
    July 01, 2010 - 19:57

    Taxpayer II

    Is related to Willie Hunt.

    they enjoy offending and insulting people.

    Adjusting a famous quote from the Wizard of Oz....

    Pay no attention to the moron behind the computer.

    As for the article, I have eaten at the Keg in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and St. John's and have seen little to no difference in service or quality.

  • John
    July 01, 2010 - 19:57

    It will take more than a better road for me to shop downtown. Just a brutal snarl. Thank God for Stravenger and Kelsey Drive and the Avalon Mall.

  • downtownmerchant
    July 01, 2010 - 19:53

    Its sad that the point of this article has been completely missed. It wasn't about food or service, it was about the condition of the downtown merchant.

  • Foodie
    July 01, 2010 - 19:53

    Hey Taxpayer , if you actually do pay taxes, as you seem to spend alot of time complaining about things you seem to know little about, maybe you should go back to the emerald palace if you don't like the food at the keg. I have eaten at some of the best restaurants in the country and the US (One Hazelton, North 44, Queue de Cheval, Capital Grill etc), and I would put some of the restaurants here in town up against any of them. While some of them may lack the finish that some of these multi million dollar establishments have, their food is top notch. As for the keg, I have eaten there probably 30 times and have never had a bad meal. It's reasonably priced and always consistent. My suggestion to taxpayer is to go to the food court at the avalon mall, he should fine some gourmet cuisine there...

  • Me
    July 01, 2010 - 19:53

    I totally disagree with Taxpayer's comments regarding the Keg. I have spent many years traveling across Canada and have eaten at the Keg at least 85% of the time. I have eaten at The Keg in Toronto and didn't find any difference, I found the staff here much nicer!! I agree that it is your opinion, i just cannot stand the attitude of some people, that mainland Canada is always better than NL. COMPLETELY DISAGREE!!!

  • David
    July 01, 2010 - 19:51

    I agree, the service at The Keg here is not very good, they're rushing you out the door. And the food is pricey pub fo0d with a decent steak. For another $20 per couple you can got to many other better local restaurants and get much better food and service i.e. Portobello's, Magnum and Steins, Casbah etc. etc.

  • Barry
    July 01, 2010 - 19:51

    I have to agree with Taxpayer ll, the 2 times I have been to the Keg here in St. John's the food and service was very disappointing. The 2nd time I went I was hoping that the first visit was just an off day for the staff but it was just as bad as the previous visit, the 5 of us got our orders at different times and it was just not a enjoyable night out, I will not be giving the Keg a 3rd chance.

  • Shelly
    July 01, 2010 - 19:49

    I wanted to add that I have been to the Keg in St. John's many times and the food and the service have been fabulous. Perhaps if you go into the Keg with such a negative attitude, you get that in return.

  • St. John's Diner
    July 01, 2010 - 19:48

    I've been to the Keg at least 30 times since it's been open, and I've never had a bad experience there. The fact that sales are still climbing there speak volumes. As for other good family restaurants in the city, I'd recommend Cora's, Klondike Jake's, and East Side Marios.

  • back atya
    July 01, 2010 - 19:47

    Taxpayer II = Nasty Nate

  • Taxpayer ll
    July 01, 2010 - 19:43

    Iv'e been to keg restuarants all over Canada, and this one is by far the worst. I am a big fan of the keg, and waited with much anticipation for this restaurant to open, only to be very dissapointed. The food is lackluster and the service barely adequate. Friends and associates who visit from the mainland tell me the same. If this store was in any other jurisdiction it would surely fail. We have very, very few good retaurants in this town...the Cellar and Biancas are just about it. When franchises like the Keg open up here they become what i call Newfoundlandised... corners are cut, margins are thin, staff are well..incompetent.
    Go to the Keg mansion downtown Toronto, then go to the keg downtown St. John's, the difference is like day and night.
    We have no good family retaurants here, only Swiss chalet. There are no IHOP or Outback,olive garden etc. If they did come they would be Newfoundlandised, and the food and service would suffer, so I guess it wouldn't matter anyway.