Shenaniganz

Shenaniganz was fictional restaurant prominently featured in the 2005 film, "Waiting..."

 

It is hard giving a restaurant a detrimental review. Many of times, there is a saving grace to even the filthiest, boring, non sequitur places around. There are restaurants where one will expect to have a bad experience. When those expectations are met or exceeded, the establishment usually earns a positive write up. But there comes a time when a restaurant shouldn’t exist. Should is not a decent verb to use, but it’s the best I can do to warn any citizen of this world from either dining or working at something that doesn’t warrant a name.

There is a category of suburban franchises that are usually featured around every big-box-store plaza. TGI Friday’s, Chili’s, Applebee’s, Mimi’s Café, and Olive Garden all fall in this category. Shenaniganz fits into this section too.  It’s not in a big box store mini plaza, but it is a perfect match.

One win’s some and one’s loses some when they dine out. I was expecting a TGI Fridays, Chili’s, Applebee’s when dining at Shenaniganz. I would have been better off going to the frozen food aisle in the super market and buying the microwavable TGI Friday’s Jalapeno Poppers and Mozzarella Sticks instead.

Shenaniganz isn’t worth writing about other than to provide a warning to never enter. From the insides, it looks like its competitors: cheesy, clichéd man’s cave interior with faux Tiffany Lamps, sports pictures, outdoors equipment. The menu is more patronizing. In some parts of the US, menus still have definitions telling patrons what the items are in layman’s terms. The menu of Shenaniganzs has definitions for a hamburger, hot dog, pizza, corn dog, nachos, Buffalo wings, and a hot fudge sundae. Does it truly think America is that dumb?

The food was ordered and never came. At times, my guests saw it sitting under the heat lamps being ignored. The waiters and waitress were flirting and taking elongated smoke breaks instead.

There’s no use in complaining about this place. It is what it is. It doesn’t want to be anything more but only be less and less and less. I don’t honestly know who would frequent here. The first thought would be the clinically depressed, but there are much better chain restaurants than this one to drown one’s sorrows.

I don’t want to sound preachy, but for the people who are working there and who decide to dine there, you’re better than that. You’re a human being. I don’t care where you’ve been or where you come from, Shenaniganz is not for anyone.

 

ATMOSPHERE: Depressing and fake feeling. Dead end, pessimistic people in their 20s all the way through their 40s serve shady food with fake smiles and an attitude that isn’t cute or kitsch.

SERVICE: None existent. Sure, there are waiters and waitresses but there isn’t a reason for them to be there.

 

SOUND LEVEL: As if you were the only one in a long elevator ride in a 1980s medical building.

 

RECOMMENDED: Jack squat (that isn’t an item, it literally means nothing)

 

DRINKS AND WINE:  They have a liquor license, but I wouldn’t be surprised that every single liquid served has traces of back wash in it.

 

PRICES: $3-$15

 

OPEN: 11am-11pm, 7 days a week.

 

RESERVATIONS: No.

 

WHEELCHAIR ACCESS:  Yes

 

Wi-Fi:  No

 

Restrooms: Yes

 

Smoking: Yes