I own a cabin not far from Sutton's Bay, and (having come to this region for forty years) I know the area well. Martha's Leelanau Table seemed a welcome addition to the area, providing bistro fare in an attractive setting at prices that are not at all prohibitive. The first meal I had here (breakfast) was quite pleasant.
The two subsequent lunches, however, proved a different experience because the blaring "classic rock" xm radio station seemed jarringly incongruous with the bistro experience. I must note that I grew up with the music that is now "classic rock" and I have no objection to it. In fact, I enjoy Jimi Hendrix and the Who. In a bar or cafe, this music seems completely appropriate. On the other hand, when I go to a bistro (which, as I understand, owes its origins to European restaurant tradition) I tend to expect more relaxing music that is more in keeping with the relaxed, upscale atmosphere and fare. While there may be those who would regard such considerations as petty, I believe that paying for a restaurant is also paying for the experience of that restaurant. The whole experience--including the music.
The first time we experienced the jarring music, we discounted it as a one time aberration. The second time, we mentioned it to the server. She informed us that the radio station had been selected by the kitchen staff. We explained that the music felt inappropriate to us, and asked if the station could be changed or if the volume could be reduced. We were the only diners in the dining room at the time although, at 1:30, albeit a bit late, it remained within normal luncheon hours. Our server said she would mention it to the kitchen immediately, but the station remained the same and the volume did not change in any noticeable way for the remainder of our meal. This led me to conclude that the kitchen staff preferences must weigh much more heavily than those of the diners.
While Martha's Leelanau Table remains a very attractive place, with good food, inside and outside seating, a nice wine list, and a knock out pastry chef, the classic rock background mixes poorly with the European country inspired food and setting. Our servers have all been very nice, but, because of the music and the staff's apparent reluctance to accommodate their diners, we will probably not choose to pay for lunch there again.
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