To be fair, I'm not from Georgia. Perhaps drinking and driving is a normal thing for this area.
I sat at the bar to eat my dinner. The food and service was OK -- not great, not terrible, I wouldn't have taken the time to write a review on that experience alone.
At the end of my meal, a couple approached the bar. They were clearly known to the bartender as he addressed them personally -- not as friends, but as regular customers. It seemed that they were picking up a To Go order. The woman asked the bartender if she could "get a Vodka to go". She tried to whisper it behind her hand, however it was heard clearly. You know when someone drunk is trying to be quiet/subtle? It was like that. The bartender says "I can give you a drink for you to drink fast, and I can give you a To Go up for 'water'". The guest said "Yeah -- that will work." I watched the bartender pour vodka from a bottle into a glass, then place it in front of the guest with an empty styrofoam cup. The make guest poured the entire drink into the cup. The couple left.
I sincerely wanted to believe that MAYBE the woman was driving (although she already seemed drunk with her not-so-subtle whispering). Nope -- the man and woman got into separate vehicles. I watched the van leave the parking lot drinking his vodka, driving a black SUV.
This was worrisome to me. Where I come from, drinking and driving is a major offence. I was stunned that a restaurant employee wouldn't have used better judgement. I called the restaurant to speak with the manager, but he wouldn't take the call EVEN AFTER THE HOST TOLD HIM WHY I WAS CALLING. So I'm left to assume that Macaroni Grill encourages drinking and driving, and therefore I will not be eating at any Macaroni Grill ever again.
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