A familiar face is general manager – Brad Jackson, who previously worked at the DDG before going to the Mickey Mantle Steakhouse where he worked his way to assistant manager.
Considering the restaurant got hit with a table for 14 on its unpublicized “soft opening,” things went Ok. The wait time was long, but not unexpected, and the food was the best it’s ever been at the Deuce.
The Deuce always had the location and “vibe” nailed down. But in prior years, you either had great food and bad operation (under the first management team), or OK food and good operation (under “Big Will” before he left for personal reasons), or to be blunt, bad food, bad service and bad prices under the final regime (sorry guys, but this is the concensus from most folks I’ve talked to).
I’ve seen some good restaurants with rough openings, notably 1492 and Big Truck Tacos (can anyone remember the two-hour waits at BTT that first week?).
I’d advise if you visit this week, that you go with the same understanding and patience. The menu is completely revamped, and even with today’s bigger than expected crowd, the food was very, very good.
Most imporantly, it appears as if Deep Deuce has its grill and bar back in operation.