Wednesday, January 10, 2007

A moral dilemma

Back in college, I spent a fair number of evenings at the legendary Eliot Lounge. It was a somewhat divey bar at the corner of Mass Ave. and Commonwealth Ave. in Boston. It was known for two things: post-Marathon parties with many of the top runners, and as the favorite Boston bar of Sox lefty Bill "Spaceman" Lee.

The Eliot closed in 1996. It was replaced by a high-end restaurant called Clio. I walked by Clio on the way to work one morning just after it opened, and through the window it looked like a classy place. In other words, the exact opposite of the Eliot. I vowed on the spot never to eat there.

So, here comes the dilemma. My boss's boss invited several of us and our spouses to dinner. I find out today that dinner is going to be at (where else?) Clio.

So what to do? Well, I'm going to have to go. It wouldn't be a good thing for me not to, and the people who are going to dinner are a good group, so it should be fun. I'll have to drink a toast to the Eliot while I'm there.


At 12:52 AM, Blogger Bismo said...

You made the right call... if the place is lame, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing you were there when it was a place that wasn't, and you won't need to go there again. If it rules, you'll be delighted it carries on the legacy. Did you know Desmond O'Malley's was gone? Went there with Scally a few weeks ago and it's an upscale steak house now. The host asked me to remove my Blues hat when we entered (also to give it the benefit of the doubt)... Luh-OOOO-suh-ERRRS!


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