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Apr 13, 2013 02:21 PM

Queenstown (Little Italy) finally opens!

Queenstown: Public House, in Little Italy, finally opened its doors after what seemed like months of renovation.

Tried it last night after a long flight back from the east coast, and the operative word here is "tried". It was a bit crowded, maybe too crowded, for their staff and first we had to wait 20 minutes for someone to even notice our presence and then when we got seated and ordered (fish n chips and the lamb burger) our order was somehow misplaced.

Never one to be deterred, we tried it for brunch today.

First, it was an awfully charming space. Most of the Victorian-style house is taken up by the bar area. There are separate smaller dining rooms in the house, and a separate back patio area for al fresco dining (esp. nice when its not cloudy and gloomy like today).

Brunch menu is small and has some very interesting items, incl. about half-a-dozen mimosas and sangrias (total, not each).

Tried the "Oink" which I guess is their uber-fusion take on Eggs Benedict. It's jalapeno corn bread, with "houison" [sic] pulled pork, a poached egg, accompanied with some jalapeno cayenne hollandaise sauce and garlic kale. This is one of those dishes when you read it on a menu, it's either going to suck or rock your world. It didn't rock my world. Sometimes you just don't want to mess, or even try to improve a classic. All I could taste was this sort of sour-hot sensation from the jalapenos. Not good.

The Chicken and Waffles (described as the "best fried chicken in town") was ok, nothing spectacular, nor awful. Waffles were certainly good, as was the chicken but I've certainly had better chicken.

I wouldn't go out of my way to come here. But if you're in Little Italy in a few months either for the Mercato on a Saturday or just in DTSD area, maybe swing by and see if their service issues have been resolved.

SE corner of Cedar and Columbia (down the street from Pappalecco on Cedar).

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  1. It's been open- what- 20 minutes?

    1. Queenstown are the owners of Bareback Grill, this location is a result of the re-location of the old Bareback Grill in the Gaslamp.

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      1. re: cstr

        Hmmmm.... I read this earlier today on a thread about a local restaurant closing and putting a new concept in.

        "Reconceptualize?? OK, you're an optomist, sounds marvy but, there's a root cause, in addition to cost, for doing this. The market for the cuisine, quality of the product, value, local competition, business failure, could be any or all. If something is so successful and great why take on the expense and all that goes with that to reconceptualize? In other words, "If it ain't broke don't fix it"."

        If it wasn't broke, why re-locate or re-concept?

        1. re: Stiflers_Mom

          Well, their Gaslamp location WAS broken and with other Gaslamp competition and a heavy lease, just was not profitable. They also decided go the route of having their other establishments with different names, ie Raglan Public House in PL and Bareback in PB, so Queenstown is hopefully in a better location, that being LI. I'd say much different than closing, re-modeling and re-opening in the 'same' location for what apparant reason. Ciao _Mom!

          1. re: cstr

            That sounds to me like they opened a new concept in Little Italy and closed an unsuccessful location on 6th and E.

            An owner"re-locating" a failing concept and calling it something totally different would be known as spin, marketing, saving face, serving up some Kool-Aid, etc. etc. etc.

            1. re: Stiflers_Mom

              Nope, all three were and 'are' Kiwi themed based, no change in the concept just a, hopefully, better location.