Hmmmm....D'Arcy's Pint, one of Springfield's most popular pub/restaurants, as of right now, doesn't exist. I found this out over the weekend -the hard way.
We rarely eat at D'Arcy's anymore because we just don't have the two hours of waiting time required to get a table at peak times. So, we often call in orders and eat it at home.
Saturday, Mrs. Eleventh Hour tried phoning in an order only to find the number had changed. OK, we thought, they have finally made the move to their new digs. She called the new number. No answer. They must be too busy to answer the phone.
We decide to head over to the new location and check it out never allowing our hungry-for-D'Arcy's selves to admit maybe they aren't open. We get to the new building off Stanford Ave, and construction isn't even completed. There's a sign saying it will be open May 24.
Quick, to old location in Town & Country Shopping Center!
Gad, a new business (another Irish pub by the looks of it) is going in their old slot at T&C and its not open either.
Whoa, D'Arcy's doesn't exist. Just weeks after being featured on the Food Channel it just...doesn't...exist.
Crap. Burritos at La Bamba just weren't a good substitute.
You know, when D'Arcy's opened, in 1998 I lived not too far from it. I didn't think it stood much of a chance. I mean, a bar had never existed in the old T&C Shopping Center and it really didn't have much visibility from the street.
Well, little did I know they would have a great food menu. It seems to me the owners took the time to put together a good menu, reasonably priced and hired competent cooks. I bet they spent a little more to do it right but, man, has it ever paid off. The place is always busy (when they're open). Yet, you really don't see many local places trying to emulate it's success. I wonder why.