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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Wm. Shakespeare's Gastropub Restaurant Review: An adventurous menu like this one might seem like a big risk in a relatively conservative, evening-oriented area of the city. But restaurateur Eddie Neill knows what he’s doing---he opened Café Provencal long before the specialties of rustic Provence were fashionable, and his downtown pub, The Dubliner, has prospered by making all its Irish sausages in-house. So if he’s going to offer pheasant and morel pie, skate, fried rabbit and pig’s feet, chances are the theater- and symphony-going public is ready for it (or at least willing to give it a shot). The deep-fried smelt are a tempting bar snack; the Eton Mess (toasted egg meringues and strawberries) is a lovely after-dinner sweet. A rotating selection of six farmhouse cheeses, all imported from England and most unfamiliar locally, is sure to impress. British beers and cocktails dominate at the bar. Service can be harried, especially in the hour before the curtains go up throughout Grand Center, but if you come while the shows are in progress, expect a very collegial experience.