Update: Grid Iron is closed.
In a word: And there was great weeping and gnashing of teeth...
The specs: #0207
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JM got a Minute Maid lemonade.
Nichole got a Coke.
The bill was $4, or $2/person.
JM gave Grid Iron a D-; Nichole gave Grid Iron an F (see our grading rubric).
Latest Grid Iron news and reviews
Maybe context is the key to understanding:
19 February 2001: Chris Martell praises Grid Iron for being a "restaurant of some ambition."
15 March 2001: Samara Kalk Derby says it's so good she'd "hate to see it overrun."
17 July 2001: Madison City Council approves a ban on amplified music, which is debated by readers of Channel3000.com.
Sometime in here Grid Iron is added to the Isthmus Eats list.
21 February 2003: Stewart Kirkham writes for the Badger Herald about the venue's unique character, live music offerings and game room. He notes that "The Grid Iron is a giant leap forward from any house party, and the sight of a keg-stand or beer bong would be totally inappropriate," but then describes Grid Iron's kill-the-keg night and other delights.
15 September 2004: Megan Costello writes for the Badger Herald about the Alcohol License Review Committee meeting at which neighbors of Grid Iron complain of "poor security and loud music."
9 March 2006: Cap Times reports Grid Iron's landlord wants to turn the block into more condos.
Summer 2006: brou-ha-ha between the landlord and the tenants of Journey, next door to Grid Iron, erupts.
14 October 2006: Nichole and JM, finding Grid Iron open erratic hours, decide to go on Homecoming Saturday. Despite signs for $3 brat-and-chips, there's no food to be had. Plenty of shot girls and Badger fans, though.
As Nichole crosses the back patio, a barrel-chested woman walks up and shoves her with both hands, then staggers off. Given the drinks menu (heavy on the lite beer) JM and Nichole pay $4 for 2 cans of soda, one of which needs to be washed off before it is safe to drink from, and beat a hasty retreat.