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Apr 14, 2014 11:22 AM

Belly wine bar's self indulgent, schizophrenic website...

I was thinking of Belly for a multi-restaurant evening tour in the Kendall square area. Have you seen their website? A sample menu or a contact us link would be nice. Instead you get a mess of blog postings, unreadably small, to sort through.

Maybe I'm wrong, but I think a website for a restaurant should provide the basic info a potential customer needs, and not some trendy design? Having spent 17 years as a web developer, and 3 decades as a foodie, I think I am in the ballpark.

Sounds like a recipe for another restaurant failure, pissing off customers when they are trying to learn about you? Before they even get in the door?

Cue the fanboys running to their defense in 3… 2…1...

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  1. I agree the website's a headache, but the menu can be found here:

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    1. re: addiez


      Of course, its formatted in a way that is impossible to print….

    2. Also now that I'm looking at the menu - has anyone tried fondue night or three blind wines on Mondays or giochi games on Sundays?

      1. It's not the greatest website -- and having never visited the bar I'm no fanboy -- but I think you're being too harsh.

        Yes, it's not exceptionally user friendly, but the phone number and address are right on the main landing page (no need for a "contact us" link). The blog posts are a jumble and confusing, but after a few clicks you can get a sample menu.

        Again, I agree it's not ideal, but at least it's not an archaic Flash-based page with music running in the background and a slideshow that takes forever to load.

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        1. re: huuvola

          Agree with your last paragraph. A contact us link is basic stuff, not having it is saying we can't be bothered to answer your email.

        2. I completely agree, one of the worst resto web sites I've seen.

          Even when you find the menu, the type is so small, and doesn't size when you zoom, so it just gets blurry.


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          1. re: StriperGuy

            The menu zoomed in just fine for me when I clicked it in the link posted above. Did this get fixed? My browser is Firefox if that matters.

            1. re: Gordough

              my firefox zoomed just fine as well.

              1. re: Gordough

                So they used an Image of their menu, not a scaleable HTML laid out version. If you click through to the menu there is a decent image of the menu that zooms okay. Try zooming really large and it blurs.

                Start at the original page and zoom in (CTRL + on windows) and it is just a blurry mess.

            2. Looks like they used Tumblr for their website rather than actually use a website template suited to a restaurant... and whoever put the content up didn't exactly put a priority on "usable info".