The Dead Dog is 'dead' to us. Having a good first time visit, we and a group of friends decided to make a second visit. We asked for the smoking section and were told, in late June, that they weren't opening the upstairs because they "didn't have enough servers" to take care of it" and smoking was limited to the bar area. Seeing several tables within the enclosed bar area, we agreed and asked for one of the tables. We were then told we "couldn't have a table; we could only sit at the BAR --- 30 INCHES away from the table. We measured!! Customers were sitting 30" away from us on a bar stool and, because we were NOT on bar stools, our smoking friends were not allowed to smoke unless they stood up, took two steps to the left and stood at the bar. We left. We will not go back unless/until they either teach their help just exactly WHERE the bar area IS and treat their customers with more consideration. We were stunned that, at the height of the beach season, they did not have enough waiters to cover the entire restaurant ,were crowding everyone into the downstairs and making customers wait until a downstairs table was available.