Thanks Zabar for your topic of the $11.00 hot dog at Smokeys
To be Frank - pun intended - there is a whole lot more going on at Smokeys than just a $11.00 hot dog - we were glad to see your posting because we also wanted to bring up our feelings about Smokeys and last year when we were there but did not want to get blasted by other "Anguilla Smokeys fans"
We are long long time Anguilla people - we always knew that we could count on a quiet night with simple food at Smokeys - sometimes we would even call in advance to make sure they would still be serving by 8 PM - and they would tell us we should try to come a little early just to be sure they would not be closing by that time.
After the hurricane two years or so ago - Smokeys re-did the outside and some of the inside - it looks GREAT!! They also started to have music on Sunday nights - at the beginning the Mussingtons. Anyone who knows Anguilla - knows the Mussingtons are one GREAT band - the place was packed! You had to be there on a Sunday night before 8 or 9 PM or you could not get in the parking lot!! Smokeys was doing great - everyone was having a wonderful time - there was a wonderful mix of many. many locals & visitors alike having a great time together.
You could still get a simple but good tasting meal at a reasonable price and drinks were not over priced.
All that changed last year - we went over one Sunday evening in November or December 2010 - the Mussingtons were no longer playing - they had a different band - now the Musical Brothers play every Saturday afternoon and Sunday evening - they also play at the Pumphouse on Thursdays - as much as I love The Musical Brohers - there is just so many times in a limited amount of venues on Island that I can listen to them play or dance too!! But more disturbing that Sunday evening was when we opened our menus and saw the complete change of menu - and the now unbelievable prices listed for what we consider again very simple, plain food - good but no where near worth the type of prices that were listed as we go to other more 'fine dining places' in Anguilla with similar or better 'local food ' that is served at lower prices. Also the price of their beer had gone up a few dollars and also the cocktails. I had a friend who had gone to a 'wedding dinner' one eveing - who did not know Smokeys had changed their Rum drink prices - who told me she almost passed out when she got the bill for their eveing drinks plus food tab.
Well after that evening in November or December we said we were not going back to Smokeys again - we did return for another vacation last February and went over to Smokey's on our way home from a night out elsewhere - it was around 9 PM and it was SAD SAD SAD - the parking lot was about empty - the Musical Brothers were playing to a few of the local followers and the place was DEAD! And so we left.
YES YES - We know what a beautiful location Smokey's has - one of the reasons we loved to go there but in this day of economic downturn - the last thing you want is to have less people coming to spend their money - it is better business sense to lower some prices and have more people than high prices with fewer people. $2 or $3 Caribs or Presidentes drunk by 100 or 200 locals & visitors is a lot more money than $5 or $6 ones drunk by 10 to 20 people - same with food - $18.00 - $21.00 dinners bought by 100 to 200 much better than $25-$35 dinners bought by 10 to 20 people per night.
I am asking Alan or Una to please remember how quiet and kinda sad Smokey's used to be back several years ago and remember how very happy and vibrant it was just two years go after the improvements made with your music & beachside service restaurant - we want to come back again with the same old menu and drink prices and have the wonderful time we have always enjoyed at Smokeys - we never cared if the service was sometimes slow - that was a great part of the overall atmosphere - and we were having such a good time dancing, drinking and eating we could have cared less - we love all the servers and know them well - we miss them and want to return to Smokey's