While I don't have anything against 11946, I don't spend a great deal of time there... there's a high school gal pal of my wife's East of Ponquogue we visit on occasion, and an occasional doctor's office or the medical labs for blood work, but otherwise, it's the movies and dinner at John's Pizzeria & Restaurant next door.
(The sitdown restaurant part is in the back room past the traditional pizzeria counter.)
I had once read one of Rice Burroughs' "Barsoom" novels but it failed to engage me the way his "Tarzan" stories had, so it's not like I was anxiously awaiting the screen version1 of "John Carter which was released Friday."
But with the curious on-line promotion for "$15 for $40 of Savory Italian Food" next door, we thought it would be a decent Sunday afternoon outing.
Because we opted for the 3D version, we headed for the 4:20 pm showing, and talk about "sticker shock!" Even with my Senior discount, it was $27.50 just to get in the door!
(And we were expected to return the special plastic glasses after the movie!)
Throw in $7.00 for a medium-size bag of popcorn2, and we're into some serious money for a freaking movie in Hampton Bays, yet!
Unfortunately, the movie was mostly an incomprehensible mess... and if Willem Dafoe, Samantha Morton, Thomas Haden Church and Polly Walker were anywhere on-screen, you couldn't prove it by me!
But at least we had a dinner at John's to look forward to, though I doubted we could consume $40 worth of food.
"The Fine Print" of the promotional announcement had read:
"Valid only Thursday thru Monday.
Dining room only.
Not valid for alcoholic beverages.
1 per table no separate checks.
Mention voucher at time or service.
18% Gratuity will be added to the full amount before discount."
...which didn't make much sense since restaurant promotions invariably run Monday through Thursday, but the on-premises sign confirmed the Website language, as did our favorite waiter, a ten year veteran of the place.
"But," he told us, "you have to have the coupon."
And though I had read the promotional offering three times, I never saw anything about downloading and printing out a coupon.
He went and checked, and came back with the information that there wasn't a "coupon," but that "the deal" had to be done on the Internet!
Ahhhhhhhhhhh! You have to "login" and sign up through Patch to do get that "deal," and I'd rather openly register on the nambla site than provide personal information to anything AOL-owned!
We had our usual... Lasagna with ricotta, mozzarella, sweet Italian sausage and meatballs for me and Eggplant Rollatini with ricotta and spinach for Jeanne, a couple of beers and a glass of red, and were out the door with a doggie bag for about $60.00, including tip.
So, a $100 excursion to Hampton Bays for a mediocre movie, a decent meal and enough taken away for my solo Monday evening repast.
More than I'd planned to spend, but it didn't do as much damage to the family exchequer as "John Carter" will do to Disney's.
Jeanne has good taste – their Eggplant Rollatini with Spinach is the best around! That alone makes the trip worth it.