My wife and I were celebrating our wedding anniversary and had heard good things about The Library and 1908 Provisions. I enjoyed the intamacy of the Library before venturing to the restaurant. We arrived and the restaurant was mostly empty, but being a Monday night I new that that meant we might get exemplary service. We were greeted by a very pleasant waiter who took our drink orders. If you have ever read my reviews, I order the most simple of drinks, bourbon on the rocks. My wife ordered a dirty martini which was delivered with the perfect amount of slushy ice in a cold martini glass. Mine showed up as a bourbon and soda or sprite. I sent it back expecting a very quick correction. The only other guests were a table of 16 celebrating a birthday and two people sitting at the bar. I heard the bartender argue with the waiter as to whose fault it was. Remember not many people were there, so unfortunately whatever the bartender said I could hear. After and uncomfortable wait I stared toward the bar to see if I could get the attention of the bartender to deliver the corrected drink. He noticed but did nothing. Another server noticed me and delivered the drink. Our waiter came back, made sure we had our drinks and explained the specials. My wife odered the salmon special and I ordered the duck confit alond with two salads. Salad were great but before my entree arrive I ordered two glasses of wine. My Murphy Goode red zinfandel was delivered and I had two sips before I noticed detergent residue all over the backside of the glass. I ask my waiter if he could help out and he promptly went to the bar where the bartender ( I believe his name was Josh ) poured the wine out of the dirty glass into a fresh glass. I overheard my waiter argue for a fresh pour and Josh uttered his disagreement but ultimately gave in because he knew I was watching. When my waiter brought my wine I thanked him for "going to bat" for me. We finished our meal and commented to each other what talent the chef had displayed. I paid my bill but noticed as I was paying that the price of my bourbon on the rocks was $3 higher in the restaurant than in the bar, The Library. Not arguing for a refund or adjustment, I mentioned to my waiter that he might want to mention the inconsistency to the owner. We were preparing to leave when the waiter asked the bartender about the pricing difference and because again the restaurant was mostly empty, I heard the bartender say to the waiter,"I am tired of being nice to him!" referring to me. By now I was mad. I approached the bar and calmly asked the bartender did I need to prove to him the pricing difference? Never suspecting that I had heard every negative exchange between he and the waiter, he quickly shifted to blaming Peter the owner. I turned retrieved my wife and left, never to return if Josh is employed there. Peter you have a wonderful restaurant with a talented chef. I wish you the best.
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