Friday, April 1, 2011
c'mon, play fair...
Wow, I'm having trouble deciding how I feel about the latest 'event' posted by Bentley's. With a large colour spread in the Beacon Herald this is quite the move for an established business. I can in some ways appreciate the flashy marketing - offering deals at the expense of a newcomer to the Stratford bar scene who has in most respects been here before, but it's more than a little callous. In fact given the history between Kim Brander and Bentley's it could be called down right petty and vengeful.
I tend to give the benefit of the doubt to any new place in hopes that it will be of good quality and it is important for me to support the community of Stratford's independent operators. Even if this place has been around before under different names, locals have always had a love-hate relationship with the grungy upstairs bar, after all it's a great place to 'shake your booty'.
To be fair, I will give the 'new' place a try and promise to review it in the coming months and I will certainly be boycotting Bentley's for the 7 days. But I can't help giving a slight nod to them for their cohones. Slight.