Thursday, January 31, 2013
The Old Monk to offer free, non-compulsory valet
This is one instance in which letting the pros handle it just makes sense.
DALLAS The Old Monk is known for a few things: Its stellar beer and whiskey lists, accessible location right off of 75, solid pub food, and ivy-laced patio. It’s also known as one of the hardest bars to find a parking space in the city. That detail is set to change, hopefully for the better.
Starting tonight, The Monk will offer free valet, to cut back on those inevitable 16-point-turns when trying to snake around the trash bin in its adjoining lot. On Wednesdays through Saturdays from 5 pm to close, the stand will be in front of Candleroom, a half block from The Old Monk’s front door. Additionally, seven days per week, Monk-goers can use valet stands for Fireside Pies and at the back of The Porch. While the service is free, tips are appreciated. (Read: Expected.)
Many have rightly noted Dallas is developing a bad reputation for senseless, compulsory valet, particularly considering the occasional realization that the walk to one's car is actually shorter than that to the valet stand. But, the radius of "Residents Only" spots surrounding The Old Monk have undoubtedly turned away a few hopeful patrons just wanting a heady pint in a relaxed Irish pub. While The Monk is joining its sister establishments Blackfriar Pub, The Idle Rich, and Renfield's Corner in the valet racket, there's one subtle difference: At Old Monk, the offer is, as of right now, extended "as needed."
Guests are still invited to grit their teeth and find their own damn parking spot, should they so desire.
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