The law change was made, he said, to reconnect smokers with the Oregon Lottery in an effort to boost revenue while the state suffers from the down economy. A connection was made here for sure, every person in the places was puffing away. My irritated eyes watered as I scanned the paper menu for a bite to eat. Many of the items on the menu are endorsed by pro athletes and other various celebrities. Since I was rooting for the Blue Devils from Duke, I selected the Sockaroni Spaghetti Marinara for $6.95, a favorite of coach Mike Krzyzewski. When the item finally came out from the kitchen, the server's hand that was clutching my plate was also holding a lit cigarette with ashes dangerously close to dropping into the food. When I alerted the owner, he promptly took care of the situation by calling the young women back into the kitchen. An argument ensued, and the server stormed out of the kitchen and out the front door, still holding that same cigarette. The guilt of having this person fired ruined my appetite. So, I decided to approach the owner to smooth out the situation. Mike was a forgiving guy but said that she had been making a lot of mistakes like that, ever since his personal relationship with her went sour. After a quick scan of the pasta, he wasn't able to see any ashes and then took the plate into the kitchen for a "reheat." On his return, I was given another complimentary Coor's Light. Not bad for under $7. I tipped him $10 for his troubles.
The owner continued to tell me that Beer Goggle's is into sustainable business practices and donates to needy causes. The night I was there, all the proceeds from the video games were given to charities that supported social justice. All of his drinks are served in bottles and cans to reduce the amount of dish washing required to run the kitchen. Not only does all that get recycled, but they are also re-purposed. He grabbed my now empty cans of Coors Light, led me to the alleyway on the side of the bar and to a latter leading up to the rooftop. Up there, he showed me a firing range that he is working on to attract customers during the summer months. Mike took the cans to a card table set up at the other end of the roof. He came back to a where I was standing pointed his finger at the cans cocked his thumb and made a firing noise with his mouth. All of this he said should be ready by First Wednesday in April.
With all of this going on, I wound up not seeing too much of the game anyway. Beer Goggles is not somewhere that I recommend going to if you do not like cigarette smoke but they have lot's of big screen TV's for watching tournament games. Next time I'm in there, I'm planning on ordering the spicy chicken wings a favorite of both Dennis Rodman and Phil Mickelson.
1532 Hawthorne St.
Salem, OR 97301