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Original post made on Apr 7, 2008

California Roadhouse, the now-defunct bar and grill at 401 Castro Street, was going for an old-school image. But its replacement, uWink -- due to arrive this summer -- could be a whole new frontier in eating.

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Comments (18)

Posted by eric, a resident of another community
on Apr 7, 2008 at 3:55 pm

Oh, sounds wonderful. Heaven forbid that people actually TALK to each other over a meal. Sounds like just the place for the family that eats dinner in front of the TV.

Posted by Glinda, a resident of another community
on Apr 7, 2008 at 4:52 pm

People not only TALK, they LAUGH, SMILE & HAVE LOADS OF FUN at uWink. I have been to the Woodland Hills location numerous times. The prior smug & uninformed comment is totally off the mark. Mr. Bushnell is an advocate of SOCIAL gaming & at uWink he hits the mark! The whole family, party or even people at other tables interact, making for a wonderfully social & cutting edge experience. To quote a tried & true phrase "don't knock it until you try it". Personally I can't wait for uWink's to open everywhere, so others can have as much fun at affordable prices as my family has & does at uWink!

Posted by Susan, a resident of The Crossings
on Apr 7, 2008 at 9:34 pm

What!!!! Another restaurant

Posted by eric, a resident of another community
on Apr 8, 2008 at 1:14 pm

I stand by my 'smug' comments, but its nice to know that reps of the newest Mtn View business are paying attention to the local news.

Video games--call it what you will, but thats what they are-- rot the brain and are anything but social. They are a substitute for conversation and real social interaction. Knock yourself out, but my family certainly wont be going to uWink.

Posted by GSB, a resident of Castro City
on Apr 9, 2008 at 10:25 am

considering that we don't have a lot of family/kid friendly restaurants on Castro Street, I don't believe this is a bad idea for a restaurant.

Posted by eric, a resident of another community
on Apr 9, 2008 at 10:31 pm

GSB, dont think Im jumping on you, but what do you mean by 'family friendly'? That seems, frankly, to be code for crappy fast food-- theres cerainly a place for stuff like that, but I dont think a downtown is it. My kids love Amici's, Fiesta del Mar, Cafe Yulong, Pasta?, Le Bou, Cascal-- I cant think of too many "unfriendly" spots on Castro, aside from a few pubs.

uWink sounds like a juiced up Chuck E Cheese. Put it in the mall where it belongs.

Posted by Andrew, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 10, 2008 at 12:33 pm

As a younger resident in MV, I'm pretty excited about uWink. I think it sounds a great mix of food and entertainment and sounds perfect for downtown.

Posted by debbie, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Apr 16, 2008 at 7:55 am

uWinks sounds like a really good idea to me. Our kids are younger and there really aren't any restuarants (other than the Roadhouse, now closed) that we feel comfortable to take them to on Castro. Most of the restaurants there are aimed at adults and are NOT that kid friendly, especially if you have typical kids who can be a little loud or like getting up from the table several times during a meal. So we are really excited about this new idea in restaurants and look forward to checking it out when they open.

Posted by GSB, a resident of Castro City
on Apr 16, 2008 at 8:29 am


Though the restuarants you named may offer a degree of a family-friendly environment, i wouldn't say they are tailored for the younger set as uWink seems to be. I believe Debbie's comment leans more towards what I am thinking. uWink sounds like a place where a kid can laugh or talk without being "shhh"'d by the people at the next table, etc.

Posted by eric, a resident of another community
on Apr 17, 2008 at 10:14 pm

There is no way to say this without sounding smug, but that isnt my intent. First, it is the job of the parent to expect kids to act well in restaraunts and learn how to do so-- start young, it works. Second, the sort of 'kid-friendly' place that you are talking about--and we are talking about fast food, and there are so, so many reasons to steer families with young kids away from THAT trap-- is a poor choice for a downtown. It doesnt do well, and it doesnt do much for the downtown environment.

I have seen kids act like kids in every one of the eateries that I mention above. Except in the really bad cases where the kids are practically jumping on other peoples tables (and I wouldnt allow my kids to act like that at Chili's, and I'm sure you wouldnt either), I've never seen anyone bat an eye. I've seen the owners of Cafe Yulong walk very small kids over to look at the fish tank. I've never BEEN to Amici's when it wasnt full of kids. The owners of Fiesta del Mar have known my kids by name since they were very little.

Saying that stuff like uWink is "family friendly" is like saying Baby Einstein vids make your kids smarter and that an afternoon with the Wii is every bit as good as a game of basketball. Ugh, ugh, ugh.

Posted by jonathan, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 24, 2008 at 5:52 pm


dude. chill.

Posted by eric, a resident of another community
on Apr 25, 2008 at 4:07 pm

You're right. Discussions are bad. More video games for me...

Posted by Meghan, a resident of another community
on May 18, 2008 at 2:45 pm

I can't wait for UWink to come to Mountain View. I've been to the one down in So-Cal a few times and what I like about it more than anything... is the food. It's absolutely delicious!!! And we didn't even really play the games on the computer, we sat around chatting.

And yeah, I have to comment on what Eric said. Eric, your comments basically embody everything I hate about people. You have such a narrow mindset it just makes you sound very ignorant. I'm sure UWink will do fine in Mountain View without you as a customer. The only one who is missing out is you.

Posted by eric, a resident of another community
on May 19, 2008 at 10:43 pm

Hate? Wow-- thats pretty funny!

Posted by debbie, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jun 5, 2008 at 12:05 pm

I look forward to uWinks. I also look forward to NOT seeing you there.

Posted by eric, a resident of another community
on Jun 5, 2008 at 10:08 pm

such vitriol. I didnt realize that there was such a militant pro-fast food bloc in Mtn View.

Posted by Parent, a resident of another community
on Jun 6, 2008 at 5:12 pm

We eat in Castro St. quite often because my husband works there. I would like to say that now my kids are getting older, they do better, but there are very few kid friendly restaurants. What kids want is a kids menu with food they like and perhaps a coloring sheet while they are waiting. I have been charged $21 for a plate of pasta with no sauce for my child which is a rip off when the rest of us are paying $21 plus for our entrees. A kids menu would really help.

I love the kids menu at St. Stephens Green, but it is a pub and although I have taken my kids there at lunch times when it is not so full, it is not a place to take kids when there are lots of adult groups and fans watching games on tv.

Castro St does need more kid friendly places. I don't mean fast food. They do need to learn to look at a menu, make their choice and then wait for the food to be served to them. They need to learn how to be polite to wait personnel and to use their table manners. The only real restaurant experience for young kids are the chinese restaurants as you can order as many dishes as you want, not one per person and since everyone shares, it is a good place for kids.

Posted by Rachael, a resident of another community
on Jul 30, 2008 at 7:31 pm

I look forward to the opening of uWink. I am a young adult and have always viewed Castro St as very trendy and upscale. I believe uWink will fit in perfectly and look forward to locations in San Jose or San Francisco area!! ;O )

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