Olivia, it's pretty sad when you see grand old restaurants, still lingering, but well past their prime. I know what you mean, and your comment about the ancient staff was so funny! I felt the same way when I went to Lundy's in Sheepshead Bay, towards the end. The waiter was about 80 years old and had to walk across that huge dining room everytime we asked for something. Poor guy. Really old waiters at Ratners too, but those guys were still good! Maybe a little slow but they could still get it done. Sorry to hear you got sick like that, few things are worse.