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Re: “La Casa

I had a completely different experience at La Casa. I have recently moved to the area while researching the area I came across a site offering half price gift certificates to area restaurants. Thinking it'd be a great way to try out new (to me) places, I bought one to La Casa at the end of May. Well, when I recieved it, it expired the end of June and I was not moving to the area (from out of state) until July. After I recently got settled, I had a friend in town who I know likes tapas, so I decided to give it a try - thinking they might still accept the certificate since I did pay $25 for it and got nothing. I presented the coupon when the first server (we have no problem with this gentleman as he was very friendly)arrived at our table and he said he would have to ask the owner and that he may be able to give me $25 off instead of the whole $50, which since it was expired, I was willing to accept. Well, that was not the case. The owner came over and said it was expired so he couldn't take anything off. Not friendly, didn't intoduce himslef, no apology or offer of a free appetizer or anything for that matter, that was it. Being with my out of town guest and both being hungry, we decided to stay anyway. Well, we went ahead with our order and the food was pretty good for the prices, but it was just hard to enjoy because of the owner and atmosphere. Before we got our meals, a sweaty older gentalman came out from the back and was standing in the dining room with no shirt on - we're hopeing this wasn't the cook, but who knows. Then, at the table across from us was a man and a woman and the man was pretty much malesting the woman's foot while they sat...I'm no prude, but this is slightly not pleasant to watch while trying to eat, but my seat was facing them, so I just tried to focus on conversation and looking elsewhere. If we had been able to use the coupon (even 1/2 of it or even offered a free appetizer or something), we probably would have ordered a couple drinks each, apps and tried out a few different tapas...making us happier and have raised the bill and the tip a good bit. I have visitors in from out of town each weekend this month and was hoping to find a close place to entertain, but it looks like it won't be La Casa. Thinking about the shirtless man appearing from the back still makes me sick and I don't recommend it to anyone.

Posted by Diner on 08/06/2007 at 7:48 AM

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