Growing pains

By BRIAN DUFF  |  March 25, 2009

But the real disaster was the steak with crab sauce we ordered from the chalkboard specials. Ordered medium, it arrived rare, which only helped clarify that it was not the sort of steak you enjoy rare. The sauce was cool and dull. Sent back, the same meat returned quickly, still just as rare and inedible. Our waitperson, noting the bright-red uneaten steak at the end of our meal, chuckled and said, "I guess the kitchen is really serious about rare steak!" We were charged for the dish.

That sort of incompetence is what makes a potentially pleasant, if unremarkable, place hard to bear. But it was hopping on a Wednesday night, which indicated the pub-starved people of Saco and Biddeford are resigned to their fate. So must we resign ourselves to paying for Obama's misguided bailouts of irresponsible bankers. While the cost of that decision will only get worse, Run of the Mill, at least, will look better in the summer, when you can have a beer on their patio and watch the sun set over the rest of the mill. If industrial decay can look that good, maybe we should let the banks fail and turn them into brewpubs.

Brian Duff can be reached at bduff@une.edu.

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