I give you the specials for SI/Scholar's Inn in their entirety. (I thought this place was now called Sexy and Intimate?) Wasn't this all-specials-all-the-time-shortcut-food-menu the road they were going down before they closed and reopened? And I leave it to you to decide if the "Recession Menu" is better or worse than the "Twin Towers" dessert at Manhattan on the north side. From their email:
1. All Signature Martinis will be half price EVERY NIGHT!!!
2. A Select Wine list where all bottles are half price EVERY NIGHT!!!
3. We are adding new lower price menu items.
4. We will have an additional 'Recession Menu' which will have appetizers & salads for $5 and entress for no more than $12.
They are also discontinuing lunches in January.
But why all the exclamation points? If these specials are EVERY NIGHT!!! then why not just call it a price reduction/menu change? Why tout half price bottles of wine off a "select list" just so we think you're nice guys? I'd like to see a place actually just price their bottles at retail prices (which for most is about half the wine list price.) The website lists even more specials -- so many, you practically need a scorecard.
And in a *completely* unrelated note, Cory Schouten at IBJ's Property Lines reports quite a few restaurant changes downtown may be coming in this economy. Leases are expensive things.