The name game over at The Sandbar
The Korean Barbecue is one item on their large menu, it's sort of a do-it-yourself dish as you can see here. We were given raw meat and fish and we cooked it on the sizzling stone that arrives with the food. It was pretty good, but in the future I'll stick with the food that comes to the table cooked already, not that the Korean Barbecue wasn't good, it was perfect, it's just that I don't want to cook when I'm going out to lunch or dinner. But it's a fun concept to try, others had ordered the same thing at other tables and people seemed to enjoy it. You can see our choice here being cooked on the hot rock. We had shrimp, New Zealand lamb chops and Angus skirt steak with olive oil tossed asparagus and yellow squash. There are other options too like scallops and salmon. It's $19.95, which is a good deal, as it serves two.
Al Borrero, one of the Sandbar Grille owners told me that the whole Bar Rescue episode (on tv and in real life) started out with great intentions. The production company comes in, they take over and they redo the business for free. The business gets tons of free publicity and everything is great except for the fact that the tv production company changes the name of the business among other things.
Many of you have requested that the bathrooms be done in the renovation. They weren't because that was not being seen on tv, so they only reno'd what was being shown on tv. The tables were wobbly, but rather than fix the wobbly tables (since you can't tell they are wobbly on tv), they put a new lamanent or covering on the tables. All for show.
The name was changed to Hot Rock Cafe by Jon Taffer, the reno guy; sounds like something out of The Flintstones. And the name was going to stay put until after the tv show airs in March, so that tourists and others who are looking for the Hot Rock Cafe would find it, but due to many complaints, from everyone basically, the guys at the Sandbar renamed the place the Sandbar and there's a little tagline that says, "Now Featuring the Hot Rock," which refers to the flat rock that you cook your food on. But again, it's one item on the menu.
All your favorites are still there - Tuesdays is still Taco Tuesday, where you get half price tacos and all the usual lunch specials are still on the menu. There's the catch of the day, baby back ribs, wraps, burgers, you know, their usual full menu. There are the usual drinks and a few new fruity ones with ice spheres as the centerpiece. New drinks include The Hurricane, Citrustini, Calm Waters, The Rock, The Sunset and The Coconut Grove. They consist of either bourbon, gin, rum, etc. at $9.25 each.
Anyway, that's the story of how The Sandbar became The Hot Rock and came back to being the Sandbar again. I think it's a great testament to the owners that they listened to what customers wanted and they changed the name back and changed the menu around to be the usual Sandbar fare. As for the reality show, so much of it isn't reality that it's hard to understand what is and what isn't, but the whole name game thing was real. It really did change to the Hot Rock and then changed back to The Sandbar due to public outrage.
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