And Robert, you got it exactly right. I think Disney was testing out the theory of charging for tickets. For the most part, it worked pretty well and you could pick up all your tickets in the morning if you reserved them. However, like I mentioned, you really do not know what they are going to cook for you and they put no limit on the amount of tickets you could get. I think this could be easily fixed if they limit guest tickets to around two or three a person. I think another issue with the Irvine meal was that it had the largest amount of Disney World Cast Members in attendance (and they get a discount!)
As for the fastpass thing, I am a little apprehensive about that based upon a bad experience I had at DHS for Star Wars Weekends. They had it at the front of the park and all I could get was standby tickets for Captain Typho meaning he didn't have to sign ours if he was tired. He was the nicest guy in the world (like Irvine) and he agreed to sign everybody's photo. I like the idea Robert, but Disney has done that idea and it really didn't work. Then again, do not put it in front of the park's front gate and give limits.
Interestingly enough, another new restaurant just opened in our downtown Power & Light district called Fran's Classic Diner. One of the featured menu items: the classic Monte Cristo Sandwich. Guess where I will be heading sometime in the very near future....
I will go to the Hearty Boys new place and tell you how it is!