Am I correct in thinking this thread is still the closest thing to a Kuma's thread here?
I had the day off yesterday, so after I saw WALL-E, I walked to Kuma's. I went inside (the door was unlocked and everything) and there were like a dozen people gathered around near the kitchen with a bunch of lights and cameras focused on something I couldn't see within the kitchen area. A woman (not an employee) walked up to me and quietly asked "are you here to eat?" and I was like "well yes that's generally why I go to restaurants." Well I thought that, but I just said "uh yes." She politely said they were filming a show and wouldn't be serving until 4 p.m. and I could come back then if I wanted. So of course I went to Hot Doug's instead.
My food-smart friend did some searching and he suggested it was pretty likely that it was for an episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.
Kuma's hype alert #257, I guess.
I figured I'd start a Kuma's thread since it's come up enough in the Hot Doug's and other foodie threads. Unfortunately, I'm gonna start the thread off on a somwhat dour note:
Kuma's is not dealing with the hype well at all. I went there last Thursday afternoon. First, there's a sign posted somewhere (might be on their chalkboard) that says something like "despite our popularity, our kitchen is still 6' x 6' and we can't cook the burgers any faster. Please be patient, we'll get them to you as soon as we can."
I'd be down with that normally. I like when a restaurant is frank and honest about wait times. As long as I know about it, I can adjust, relax, and have a few beers. But in this case:
(1) I ordered my first choice of beer. Waitress took a long time only to tell me they didn't have it in stock;
(2) I ordered my second choice of beer. Waitress took a long time only to tell me they didn't have it in stock. I gave up on fancy beers and ordered a PBR*, and then the waitress takes a long time to get to me;
(3) Now granted, this waitress was working the entire back courtyard (10+) tables, so she was really frantic. I'd forgive this, but this isn't the first time Kuma's was under-staffed;
(4) back to the waitress. She was really bitchy and huffy. I know you're having a hard day, but please don't take it out on me;
(5) I order a second beer mid-meal. It comes to me shortly before I receive the check.
Unfortunately the burgers were still awesome so I'll be going back. Hot Dougs takes a number of breathers during the year (and every Sunday). Maybe Kumas should take a lesson. Sit back, relax, enjoy the success. It'll make for a better product.
*And another thing, I don't like the soap-boxing on the menu against Miller and Budweiser. This is the third time I've been there when one of their "craft" beers wasn't in stock and I ended up with a shitty PBR. Every beer has its place. Please don't lecture me on the superiority of other beers.