Shakespeare’s used to be Molly Brannigan’s, an Irish-themed pub. While one could be forgiven for using similar styles, there were too many places– images of harps and that stereotypical ‘Irish look’ font in cutesy quotes on the walls– that made it clear much of the decor predates the new branding. The overall look is surprisingly impressive, with heavy brickwork on the inside which gives the effect of a castle, or more accurately, an above-average Rennisance Fair exhibit.
Last Friday we all found our way down to Tempe for lunch at the Cornish Pasty Company on University and Hardy. I have been here a few times before but truth be told I’ve had mixed results every time. It seems like every time I’ve went the people with me either love it or hate it. Some people see pasties as over sized hot pockets while others see them the best thing since sliced bread. I’ve always been right down the middle, not overly thrilled about them yet never unsatisfied with one either. (more…)
The Cornish Pasty Company is in that part of Tempe that is just outside the direct radius of ASU at Hardy and University. The entire restaurant is about 3 metres wide and 15 deep, with a row of tiny two-person tables on one side, a dining counter on the other, and only one or two tables for a larger party. The entire facility is done in black and red, and augmented with photographs of miners. The claustrophobic surroundings, dim light, and depressing images hardly make for an upbeat environment.