Last evening (March 6th) six of us went to Elvira's in Tubac because we wanted a treat and we wanted to try someplace new. Elvira's has a No Reservations policy, so when we arrived, we signed on to the queue list with the Receptionist. Then we had a drink in the bar while we waited for 45 minutes. We were finally contacted and told to head for two tables in the back corner by the windows--a somewhat cramped space but not a bad location. After we were seated, given menus and water, and did the waiter introduction thing; we began discussing what to order. So far, all was normal and fine.
Then out of the blue--no "Excuse me" or "Please"--we were approached by the Manager and the Receptionist. We were told that "You have to leave this table and move." No alternative place was offered. We had to move because the restaurant had made a mistake. These tables were "reserved" for another party--remember the No Reservations policy. Both the Manger and the Receptionist were rude, uncompromising, and showed no class of any kind. In case you might think we had created a negative atmosphere and were befouling the premises; we are all gray haired, in our 70s, bathe every day, and dressed in clean clothing including shoes and shirts.
We argued in both English and Spanish (four of our party are completely bilingual) that we did not make the mistake and that the other party should be placed somewhere else. But it made no difference. The Manager insisted that we should move or else. It makes you wonder about who those VIP types were. What gave them their clout? Use your imagination about what was going on there.
Anyway, the scene did get somewhat nasty, but ultimately we were not prepared to do a shootout on Main Street. Of course, we were disgusted with Elvira's, but that was no reason for us to be down on ourselves. We preferred to cut off the dispute before a fight erupted and before our evening was ruined. We saddled up and left.
OUR BOTTOM LINE REVIEW: Elvira's management has no class. Their style is tacky. We have since heard from friends that their food is not all that good. They apparently started business in September 2009. We predict that they will not be in business when September 2010 rolls around.
Epilogue: After leaving we drove about two miles up the road to The Stables Restaurant at the Tubac Country Club. We were fortunate to get a spacious table. The decor and the atmosphere is tasteful and comfortable. The staff were extremely pleasant and helpful. The food was first rate, and the price was just about what we would have paid at that other place.
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