Sunday, January 1, 2012
please erect your tent if you intend to camp
Two ladies sit together in a booth, dinner has been ordered, served and cleared; coffee and dessert are long reduced to crumbs and rings on the table. The bill has sat untouched for almost an hour and the conversation rages on...
It's been so long since you've seen each other, I know, you just want to relax and catch up and enjoy each other's company, I get it. But what you are not considering is that you are reducing my income significantly by taking up a table long after you have eaten.
You see, in most restaurants each server has a section which is comprised of a specific number of tables. Those tables represent the potential income, not only for the establishment in which you find yourselves, but more directly for the server in that section. When you forge your way past lingering into the realm of camping we begin to get upset.
As with any industry there is an assumed amount of time it takes to process an order or deal with a client, the same goes for the restaurant biz, there is an average amount of time that it normally takes to 'turn the table'. Some other occupations charge by the hour so that they do not have to concern themselves with potential campers, we don't have that luxury. Restaurants do not rent you a table for a specific fee but they do expect that once you have finished dining and enjoying the offereings of said restaurant that you will pay your bill and be on your way so that the next table may be given the same opportunity.
If you are planning to stay for the duration of an afternoon or evening it would be courteous to inform your server and perhaps include a little extra when it comes to paying the bill so that he/she does not lose out on a significant amount of income from that table.
Stratford is filled with lovely independent coffee shops that provide an atmosphere to linger in, have a few lattes and catch up on the last 20 years of your life there perhaps?