|The awkwardly-named Prohibition Pig has moved into the old Alchemist space.|
I think that the missing artwork contributed to my sense of dislocation more than anything else: I felt like the ghost of Rod Serling would walk through door, cigarette in hand, and portentously intone:
"Waterbury, Vermont, things look the same... but they're not. What's changed? Are the residents of this Vermont village living in the Twilight Zone?"But what about the food and 'libations'? I had a burger ($8 -- and the burger came with a pickle, and nothing else, not even a lonely potato chip), a beer ($7.50 for a full pour) and then the Pig's version of a half pour -- really, a very inconsequential, trivial snifter of beer, which cost $3.25 -- so this experience cost over $20 with tax and tip, which was rather rich for my taste and wallet. I did not think it was a good value.
Finally as someone who has spent a certain amount of time in North Carolina and Florida I tend to be unenthralled about the notion of Southern food in Northern climes -- I just don't associate Vermont with grits and collards. And Waterbury already has a southern themed barbeque joint... the Cider House (which admittedly has a very different vibe).
So I would say that the jury is still out on the Prohibition Pig. It's different and a lot pricier than the establishment it replaced -- no more $4 beers. The Alchemist was very popular and drew people from all over and pretty much single-handedly jump started nightlife in this small town. We'll see how the new place evolves. It would count as a good thing if Waterbury has a night-time parking problem again.
The Alchemist is dead. Long live the Alchemist (in memory, anyway).