Visited Bottles recently with my wife. We were seated at a table for six in the restaurant because we said we were waiting for at least one other person but as many as three more. Since at first we didn't know if we'd be needing a full bottle of wine, we picked a half-bottle from their selection along the wall while we waited for the rest of the party. No sooner had we sat with our lowly half-bottle than our server came to us and asked us to move to the bar area "because they were waiting for a large crowd and didn't know if they would need our table." What? It really felt like they sized us up as petty consumers and figured they had made a mistake by seating us in the main dining area.
Eventually we were a party of five, drank two and a-half bottles of wine, spent nearly $60 p.p.--and did all of that while seated in the more informal area of the restaurant near the front. The food was great, don't get me wrong. It's just that, in retrospect, they'd figured they would waste their prime seating on us and had to be moved--wine, water, and all--to their least expensive space. Talk about being treated like second-class!
Eventually there would be enough space in the dining room that evening to leave us there, if they'd cared enough for a customer and not for a buck. And the large party that allegedly would overwhelm the restaurant never showed up. Clearly, it was only an excuse to get the "small potatoes" out of the way. What kind of management would do that?
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