Monday, December 10, 2007

Union Street

When I lived in San Francisco, both my husband and my brother worked at restaurants on Union Street. My husband worked the espresso machine (and made Italian Grenadine sodas for me) at The Coffee Cantata and my brother was short order cook at Los Gallos.

Last night, Biker Buddy took me to Union Street, not a hip street of Restaurants in San Francisco, but a restaurant in the cultural district of Detroit. The food we quite good--8.5/10, the service was extremely slow, 2/10, the noise level was extremely high/loud so that it was impossible to carry on an intelligent conversation. The wait for a table wasn't too bad when we got there but it got longer later.

1)Union Street front
2)The bar
3)The restaurant
4)The Moose and Christmas tree in the entry
5)The black and white with coffee

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PS: Ron Poder owned it and when FH worked there. His father and he lived in a 1 brm. apt. & worked the place and his friend, a Dr. was his partner/investor. While FH was there they filmed a scene from the Steve McQueen movie Bullitt using a waiter named Rudy who was also a dancer on Broadway (NY) and he served the table with unheard of 'flair'.

10 comments:

Joy said...

I could very well be in England looking at your photos :D Loved the composition!

What book are you writing?


joy
The Goddess In You
Norwich Daily Photo
Your Love Coach

R&R in The Netherlands said...

Too bad the service isn't great, but at least it's been around for awhile. That area needs places like this where people want to come back to.

NorthBayPhoto said...

Sorry to hear it was too loud and the service was slow. But good that the food was quite nice. Great photo & blog.

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Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Thanks so much, Joy, R&R, and Craig for you visit and very kind comments!

I've never been to England, Joy, so I couldn't comment on that.

Joy, I am working on several projects off and on--A picture book for Children called Ljana and The Woman who loved Weeds, A young adult novel called Frog Haven, a poetry manuscript called Counting Fingers, Smelting Light, and a number of others. My blogging and commenting take too much time away from this work.

R&R and Craig, the food was EXCELLENT!! YUM YUM! (Not perfect, but very very good). It's been there a very long time and has a comfortable feel--but boy is it LOUD!

Anonymous said...

Your photographs and the red glow make it at least look inviting!

Fénix (Bostonscapes DP) said...

What a nice pub! Love the red theme. Looks like bad service is also common in Detroit. I don't get it, is it so difficult to train servers well?

Curly said...

You have some fantastic pictures here this week, you can feel the business of Union Street, and your Christmas lights, deer, and trees are fabulous.

from South Shields Daily Photo

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Thanks so much Anonymous, Fenix and Curly. Thanks for your great comments.

Biker Buddy used to go to this restaurant 25 years ago and since then, and says the service has always been abominably slow. Our waiter was very very nice and helpful when he was available, but it was very busy and I think there were too few waiters for the number of tables.

The food was good and it was inviting.

ro_pumpkin said...

great post ! love it ! thanks

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Thanks ro_pumpkin.