A few were promising while some were ludicrous and none turned a profit within memory. But still the entrepreneurs come.
The latest venture is a dramatic vision in black called Morrison. Best described as an upscale bar with a limited menu of Scot-style vittles, the place is evidently geared to attract a youthful, affluent clientele. House cocktails are $11, featured spirits run from $13 to $30, draft beers are $8, bottles are $8 to $13, etc.
Dishes are presented “to share” but neither the portions we sampled would stretch to two. My trio of crispy cod bites was tasty but the skinny few fries were dull, $14, while my midday companion approved a rarebit tavern ham sandwich topped with an open yolk fried egg on pumpernickel, $13. Nothing on the menu would send us racing back but the list of premium Scotches is a lure for a cocktail visit.
Morrison does a Sunday brunch and a daily happy hour from 3 til 6. The female servers are personable and attractive. There’s adjoining parking.