by Jen Graves
on Mon, Oct 21, 2013 at 2:20 PM
Perhaps you have noticed it here...
...or perhaps here...
...or basking in the dappled light of afternoon...
Wherever you direct your gaze when you're at Capitol Cider, there are fusty old oil paintings glowering over you. A single one would be gloomy, but the whole lot all clustered together turn this new gluten-free-food-and-cider-joint into Masterpiece Amusement Park. Masterpiece Amusement Park! It's been so long in coming.
There's a full-color illustrated "menu" of the paintings at each table, with titles and an explanation: Each painting is a meticulous copy of a famous work from history made by a student in Juliette Aristides's atelier class at Gage Academy of Art, which I wrote about at length in a piece called "Art School Confidential."
In addition to the art being better than your run-of-the-mill restaurant decor—because history lesson! Auralessness!—the food is good, too. The charred brussels sprouts are alone worth a trip. In July, Capitol Cider sent out a press release admitting that people had been telling them their food was "underwhelming," so they got rid of the old chef, hired a new one, and were starting over.
Yahoo for honesty about food, liquor (their ciders are as good as advertised), and fake art.