It had been several years since we had spent time in Kennebunkport and we very much looked forward to returning there. Part of the experience was to have dinner at the Cape Arundel Inn which had been one of our regular spots when we owned a house in the area.
Perhaps it was that slight look of panic in the eyes of the maitre d' when we first arrived that should have caught our attention. He said our table would be ready in 15 minutes which was fine from our standpoint because we were a little early and intended first to have drinks on the porch in any case. As an aside, there is no better place to enjoy a cocktail on a beautiful summer evening.
As 15 minutes became 30 and then 45, we were overhearing a steady stream of apologies from the wait staff to other guests on the porch. We were not sure what the specific issues were but the combination of the numerous apologies and the delay in getting seated convinced us something was not right that evening and we should think off trying a different restaurant.
As soon as we asked for the check for our drinks, the staff went into overdrive indicating that our table was almost ready, that the drinks would be complementary, that dessert would be included. While these were certainly nice gestures, the moment had been lost. The new owner, with his years of experience in the financial services sector, will certainly understand that you do not wait for a sick stock to get better - you just sell it and move on.
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