Archive for Friday, July 6, 2007

HH Bar and Grill set to open today

July 6, 2007


HH Bar and Grill, a new restaurant concept by the owners of Hereford House, is ready to open at 11 a.m. today in northwest Lawrence.

The restaurant replaces the special-occasion steakhouse that closed in July 2006 and will feature a larger bar, pool tables and a menu including pizzas, burgers and a salad bar, said Rod Anderson, president of Anderson Restaurant Group.

Hours for the Lawrence operation are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, and until 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. On Sundays, brunch will be from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and dinner is set for 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. The bar is open until 1:30 a.m. The restaurant will be closed Mondays.

General manager is Andres Pimental, who held the same title at Hereford House in downtown Kansas City, Mo.; the chef is Todd Brooks, also the executive chef for the restaurant group.

The restaurant, at 4931 W. Sixth St., can be reached by calling 856-1080.


lunacydetector 10 years, 11 months ago

isn't it funny that people in lawrence won't spend any money at a restaurant unless that restaurant is in kansas city?

it's kind of like our community's collective mentality, 'we want higher wages but lower prices.' - we want expensive food at a cheap price but only in lawrence. if it's in kansas city, we are willing to spend more.

welcome HH bar and grill. you'll be able to capture the construction workers building our new walmart across the street, then capture a lot of their customers when they open for business. sorry our community leaders killed your first venture with all the road closures, walmart fights, and of course - the smoking ban.

Alice Brewer 10 years, 11 months ago

I went in their 1st day at 5:30pm and me and the family waited 15 minutes for a greet before leaving. My wife told the host as we walked out the door and she did not utter a word...just a blank look. Really suprised a manager was not posted at the front door being the 1st day to get reaction or feedback from the guests as they left. We strolled right out and drove cross town to Longhorn. Not sure I'll be back to HH.

portstorm 10 years, 11 months ago

I went there today with a party of six to try it out (we wanted to give it a week or two), it was really terrible overall. The food was barely preschool food service grade stuff, not just prepared poorly but really low grade stuff. They offered us a "beignet" which had to be a greasy lump of fried Pillsbury biscuit dough (remember making donuts at home as a kid?). All the staff looked confused and I can't blame them. When we ordered we were told that "we don't serve all the food on the menu". Asking why they said that they were printing new menus. I hope they are getting a new menu because their selection of food was sheer madness. It is standard burgers chicken & pizza ($8-15 each) & something called a "shoe" (meat on toast.. yes TOAST) and EVERYTHING seems to be served with some crazy cheese sauce (what is that about?). We ordered burgers, pizza, sandwiches. All of it was bad. Everyone at the table (usually people that like trying new places and are generally really forgiving people) were all stunned. Here you are siting in this very expensive building, eating a bone dry burger, on a bun that looks like it came from McD's and they put cheese on it all and gave you fries that HAVE to be the most nondescript megamart off brand frozen crinkle cut fries (and a dough lump). I can't blame the wait staff, they tried, but the kitchen was rocking out bad food from a bad menu (ok the pizza wasn't terrible) and the management seemed to be missing or simply didn't care. Overall you can get better food @ Wendy's for less than half the money (and I don't even like Wendy's) . One of our dinner guests said "Ok the Anderson Group people run some pretty nice places what the hell are they thinking here? The cowboy themed melty squeeze cheese on toast menu?" It takes time to work out the kinks at a new restaurant but where are the managers? You'd expect them to be meeting every table and shaking their hands and asking to know if anything comes out wrong so they can fix it. All they are doing is scaring people off. At the end of the meal (nobody ate more than a bite or two) the person who bought for everyone actually ended up apologizing over & over again.

I have never been in a place that was such a contrast of beautiful woodworking and horrible dry burnt food with confused people. Poor waiter, he was doing his best. To set up the wait staff w/ menu's that are wrong and/or very limited, serving bad food, and a theme that is out of the Simpsons. It is truly schizophrenic.

We all thought "what is this place? what are they trying to do? is there some misunderstanding? what is with the cheese sauce?". If they are going B&G style they need to do at least better than Molly McGee's frozen burgers and, in that building, at least as well as JB Stouts or Longhorn.

Mr. Anderson's comment about replicating this model in other markets is crazy.

I hope they turn it around and make something of it.

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