The Blue Rock Shoot (or, as we locals know it, simply "Blue Rock"), like many things, is past its prime. It recently changed ownership under somewhat mysterious circumstances, and something died with the change. I'm not entirely sure what, but the vibe it had previously cultivated is lost. Amir's theory (a friend that I met at the premises) is that since the liquor license is in the mail (and should arive March 4th, so everyone should turn out and give it a great welcome), the "usuals" are different, and thus the vibe different. That's a good theory, but I think it goes deeper. A quarter of an inch deeper, in fact.
Immediately before the ownership change, they embarked upon a substantial renovative effort, particularly upon the wooden floors. Previously they had this gritty, dirty, old-looking floor. Seeing as how the entire place was trying to cultivate an ancient feel, I thought it went well. However they ground off about the top 1/4", and now it has a bright red and beige look. It's ... [more]