We reserved a table for two at Plain and Fancy for 6:45 PM on August 22. Upon checking in with the hostess at the appointed time, we were told that it would be a few minutes before we could be seated. We waited patiently in direct view of the hostess as the restaurant began to fill up from about 7 PM on. At 7:15. I approached the hostess again and politely inquired when we could expect to be seated. Resembling a deer in the headlights, the short-term-memory-challenged-individual responded by asking whether we had checked in with her upon arrival. I said “yes, a half hour ago”, adding that “we have been standing in plain sight of you since then.” She countered by re-inspecting her reservation list, and boldly asserted that we had not checked in with her, essentially calling me a liar. Although she offered to seat us “promptly”, she steadfastly refused to give me an estimate of how long that might be. With her continuing evasion and lack of politeness, we promptly departed for more promising dining opportunities, all the while realizing that the options had become somewhat limited at that hour in Pennsylvania Dutch Country.
The happy end to the story is that we were very pleasantly surprised by discovering Jennie’s Diner on US 30 (near Dienner’s, which had closed by that time on Thursday evening). With great home cooking at terrific prices, Jennie’s can’t be beat. A testament to that is the presence of more thn few long-haul truckers parked in back. What a wonderful surprise! I now silently thank the incompetent hostess at “Plainly Rude” for inadvertently introducing us to such a pleasant dining establishment as Jennie’s.
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