James Beach Venice??
What exactly happened to this place?? I went here this weekend (granted almost 5-6 years since i had last been) and it was torn up! Scuffs on the chairs/booths. DIRTY WINE STAINED NAPKINS!! Horrible service...so much that the waiter was yelling at the bartender about how to make my drink and i was no more than 7 ft away!! The patio was dirty and plants over grown...
What happened to this restaurant?
I have no idea what you're talking about. I've eaten there twice in the last month and find it as wonderful as always. I love the patio with all its trees, didn't find one thing dirty, my drinks are always perfect (and I love a restaurant that gives a carafe with your martini, a sort of drink +), and have friendly service (same bartender since the old West Beach days!) and fried chicken night is best.