Here it is six years after the newly renovated Padre Hotel opened with a splash, and the bloom is not off the rose. Brimstone, the casual dining spot at the hotel, was bustling on the Friday we visited, with a clientele that varied widely in age and demographics. The pool table was busy, conversations were humming, the beautiful bar had a taker at every seat, and people-watching was at a premium.
My companion had a good view of the drama at a nearby table. It appeared that a mother-daughter team was on a double date. From the evidence, it looked like the mom was on a first —