Tic, Toc, Tic, Toc
Until we couldn’t do it anymore. First one got up, and the others stayed seated, thinking surely they’d notice and come rushing over.
Another person stood and made eye contact with the bartender.
So, we walked.
And went down the road to the chain that was closing in 15 minutes.
We were greeted warmly. “Of course,” they said, when we asked if we could still be seated—“We’re open for awhile yet!”
A friendly server was there and we had our order placed in no time, and our food soon after. What’s more, the food was really good. The salad was fresh, the rolls hot, and they had real butter. We were able to choose from a variety of food, and everything we ordered came out just as described.
Yes, it was a chain, but what it may have lacked in uniqueness it made up for in service and consistency. Foodies often apologize for eating at chain restaurants. As though it’s not cool. As though the food isn’t good.