Saturday, November 05, 2005

There's a famous scene from Goodfellas where Henry impresses Karen by walking her into a club through the back entrance; instead of waiting in line, they're greeted by the club's owner, who shakes Henry's hand and orders a special table brought to the front row.

We drove to Norwood tonight to have dinner at Abbondanza. When we arrived, the restaurant was full -- and the hostess had no record of our reservation. But the waitresses all recognized us; and five minutes later, they had carried a table from the back and we sat down. I don't know that I felt exactly like Henry Hill, but I was reminded of that scene. It was pretty cool.

I've written a lot about supporting local business, and I've given a lot of reasons. But here's another: You can't beat the perks of being a regular at the neighborhood restaurant.

1 Comments:

At February 19, 2006 6:35 AM, Anonymous LADSP (Debra) said...

>>I've written a lot about supporting local business, and I've given a lot of reasons. But here's another: You can't beat the perks of being a regular at the neighborhood restaurant.
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I'm in full agreement with this. My experience has always been that you get treated quite well, really like "family," and often get a small sample of a dish the restaurant is considering putting on the menu, because your opinion as a regular does in fact mean something to the owners. You might receive an "extra" item you didn't order, just because the management appreciates you being there. Often, if you dine late, you're invited to stay after the restaurant officially "closes," just to hang out for a while longer. But mostly, it's just being with a group of people who enjoy your company and are always happy to see you choose to spend some time (as well as money) with them. I've had some lasting friendships arise from this situation, which extend beyond the restaurant to activities of common interest, whether they be musical, athletic/outdoors, going to an art gallery or museum, or just good conversations on topics not necessarily related to how you met. And back to the basics, if you're a regular there's always room for you, and you're likely to get a better meal, both pretty cool things.

 

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