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Austin Grill sold :-(

I know some of you don't like it but I thought it was a good place for everyday eating out. I really like the salads they have. Anyway, it's been sold to a food production company. They are planning on taking it nationwide. I guess it's going be another Chevy's because there is a shortage of that type of restaurant...not. Is this where the accountants take over the quality?:-(

http://washington.bizjournals.com/was...

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  1. I just received an email from them about this. They claim (of course) that things won't change, but based on the WBJ article, it sounds like big changes are ahead. I have various issues with AG, but they are great for some things.

    1. They have also closed their Glover Park location -- which sucks. The GP location was the original one and always had better food. The 'chain' locations have much bigger kitchens and I think the cook doesn't pay as much attention to what he's doing.

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      1. re: smittydc

        That one closed? Aww, that's sad ... I used to work across the street way back when and spent a lot of time there.

      2. I liked going there for cheese grits on Sunday mornings then taking my tummy to Rocklands for some Q.

        The only time I go to the one in Baltimore is when we have a fundraiser there. Not a big fan of the food, but it was a nice local chain.

        1. We had lunch at the Baltimore location yesterday.
          Not only was the food very good (and plentiful),
          our waiter was attentive, the restaurant was clean
          and business steady. We spoke at length with the
          store manager Steven in re to the recent merger.
          He said the transition has been smooth and seemed
          quite upbeat about the future of the chain.
          Before passing judgment, go back and give it a try.
          I think anyone who previously enjoyed eating at
          this establishment will continue to do so in the future.

          1. There was an article about Austin Grill in today's Washington Post indicating that they were going to come up with a "food court" version of the restaurant. I hope one is coming to a food court near me. I think I've eaten at an Austin Grill maybe three times since they've been around and kind of liked it, but it just wasn't convenient enough to put on my regular route.

            It would be nice to get a not too big Austin Grill style lunch nearby. But I guess it'll be at least another year for that to gear up.