My review of the Greyhound Pub on 56 & Fig

My official review of the new pub in Highland Park, The Greyhound:  The pub looked promising with its beautiful architecture. The ordering of food and drinks is very similar to the York. The good news is the bartenders were really sweet, kind, and welcoming.  The beer selection is good, but it lack of selection of IPAs. But that's my thing.  Seating is community style.  The prices are a bit high, but I guess that's what you get for a trendy spot. It's definitely not Footsie's. The food is good and the portions are large. So don't let the price for you. My friend ordered the fish and chips (very fresh) and it was big enough for three people.  The ribeye nuggets are delicious snack to have with your alcohol (Good source of protein to absorb the alcohol). All in all it's a typical pub that's very comparable to the York, the Hyperion Public house, or Mohawk Bend. 

But here lies the problem:  There was a door guy who was keeping the capacity under control. He kept people outside in a line but would let other people come in.  He was unwelcoming, pompous, and rude. It's understandable that capacity is a safety feature, but when you let "certain people" in and keep "certain people" out, it's a problem. Eager neighborhood folk stood in line while fashionable, trendy folk were let in. I observed this because I wanted to see what kind of crowd was coming in to the pub.  It broke my heart to see young women be denied entry (I recognized them from the neighborhood). When they were finally let in, their faces were unhappy and I could hear them criticize the place.  I don't know if they'll ever return. But this is where it gets good. I informed one of the servers about the situation and she apologized. She then got one of the owners to meet with the women and he offered them a free drink. Shortly after the doorman came to them to apologize but they were unamused with his "forced" apology. 

In short:  The Greyhound is promising and I hope it sustains itself for years to come. I just hope they understand the kind of attitude and impression that is required to maintain this location a neighborhood establishment (like gracious respect, kindness). Remember, it's the neighborhood that will support it after the "hype crowd" leaves. Good luck Greyhound. I'll be back. 

fabiola torres January 21, 2014 at 03:01 PM
SO I return on Sunday and it was another place. It was actually pretty nice. NO DOORMAN. Look... I want this place to succeed. It's nice to have a place that serves good food and cocktails. If La Cuevita served food (in know... Taco Tuesdays rock), it would be perfect. La Cuevita knows how to handle the diverse cliental without making one group feel isolated. I'll even go as far to say maybe the doorman was letting in investors before the folks in the line. I get it. BUT being polite and welcoming to all potential customers is important. Yes.. the owner DID do the right thing by offering to buy their first round. He knew the value of keeping folks happy. NO ONE in the line came to see this place fail. They came to support. So distempering them gave these women a bad first impression. First impressions are important. So now that the "Hype Crowd" left, I hope we can maintain a steady stream of business for The Greyhound. And I hope The Greyhound can match the kind impression that is INSIDE the doors with the OUTSIDE. I'll see you all soon! Suggestion: Doorman... just look a a person in the eye, smile and let them know The Greyhound is doing its best to get as many folks served as possible. And if an investor or family member is let in before others, explain to the folks in line with sincere apology. Maybe they can offer a free Old Milwaukee when they return between Mon-Thurs evening.
Baird Martin January 22, 2014 at 02:17 PM
It's on Fig, which means you have a pretty good chance of getting gunned down walking to your car. Enough said.
Culley O. January 29, 2014 at 05:17 PM
I spend a lot of time on that stretch of Fig. Never been gunned down. never seen anyone gunned down. Your fear betrays you Baird Martin.
La Casa de Bernarda Alba January 29, 2014 at 11:04 PM
@Baird, "Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood." Using good judgement, wise decisions is all you need when walking the Figueroa Corridor or in HP.
Nimby pimp January 29, 2014 at 11:09 PM
Went back to Greyhound. Happy Hour was pleasant, racially mixed, families, hotties, dudes with hats. All good.


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