Of course the New New Old Lompoc will never be as good as its predecessor.
The tavern opened at 11 am today in the fancy new mixed-use building that sits where the dilapidated old shack that housed the former brewery used to be.
It may have the same name, but it's not the same bar.
So, yeah, while the New New Old Lompoc (they call it the "Lompoc Tavern") is pretty great, it lacks the mildewed charm of the old bar which, apropos of nothing, was the closest watering hole to Willamette Week's office.
So, after giving the bar a full two-and-a-half hours to get its shit together, WW staffers descended on the very busy new bar and compiled this very thorough list of everything that might possibly be claimed to be wrong with it.
Here is that list...
The music is too bluesy.
The front patio heaters appear to be too far from tables.
Some guy unscrewed a wall panel to have the glowing lights of a Netgear router visible to paying customers.
It's rainy today.
The chicken wings are too fat and meaty to fit into tiny ranch dipping cup.
The wine list is almost non-existent and includes no Oregon pinot noir or riesling.
The wine list misspells Sauvignon as "Savignon."
While most of the beer was very nice standard Lompoc fare, the seasonal Maibock was a little too fruity.