Our Meetup: At Least We Weren’t on 82nd

Last night we had our monthly meetup and had a decent group… several Metrobloggers, some otherbloggers, and a couple nonbloggers. We had good discussions on several topics. Including 82nd Avenue. I think things were summarized nicely by one of the other bloggers when she said (paraphrasing but hopefully not butchering): “What the hell? Someone gets all upset because you point out that a trashy part of the city is, well, trashy?” We discussed other exciting topics as well, including workplace employer spies, porn, piercings (and how some folks are going directly to hell for desecrating the body that god gave them), children, discipline, parental plotting, and even blogging.

I must comment on Rontom. This was the first meetup at the location and it struck me as particularly… I’m searching for the word… average? mediocre? They have no signage. From the street, you simply enter the door at 600 E. Burnside. It’s one big open area with the bar along the back wall. It was a good environment for our group; being open we could rearrange chairs/tables as needed. I felt their food/beverage situation was a bit lacking… the drinks weren’t cheap and the menu wasn’t very big.

I liked the environment, even though it was quite sparse of any interesting decoration. I didn’t particularly like the food/drink situation. I wouldn’t say it was a bad experience, but I wouldn’t really say it was a good experience either… but hey, we weren’t hanging out on 82nd.

2 Comments so far

  1. Cami (unregistered) on April 11th, 2007 @ 12:08 pm

    I agree the atmosphere could have been better, but it could have been worse. Good company though, and nice to put some faces to the names…

  2. divebarwife (unregistered) on April 12th, 2007 @ 7:27 am

    I actually really liked Rontoms – I went home and told my husband that’s where we’re going the next time we’re trying to figure out where to go.

    I thought the drinks were right on par with any other bar in town and I loved that they featured the local distilleries. It didn’t appear they had any cheaper happy hour specials, so compared to the other places we’ve gone where they do it might have seemed more expensive – but they were just regular price.

    I didn’t have any food – but that fondue pot was awesome!

    Plus the guys working were totally friendly – which is the biggest thing for me. I’d rather pay a buck or two more for friendly service then get cheap drinks and an attitude.

    Oh yeah – and always good to see you guys too :-)

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