(Re post from July 2nd, 2007.)
I think that many customers have failed to believe that sound travels. "Can we get a table in the quiet section of the restaurant?" Are you dining at the library? "Of course. How about a nice table between "non-fiction," and the "biography" section?" News flash!... the noise from the "busy" restaurant IS evenly distributed throughout the entire establishment. Which means that if you want a quiet table, then bring your bubbles to sit in ala GET SMART. That's the only way I can assure that you are not going to hear the conversation from the next table, the baby crying, or somebody complaining. (Which is probably you... complaining about how much you hate the table you are sitting at...)
Also, the table you are sitting at does not set your "social stigma." Your table is determined by how full the restaurant is, or what tables are reserved. Note to customer... make a reservation for the weekends. Showing up without a reservation on a Friday or Saturday night, and wondering why you are waiting for an hour to be sat usually means that every table is reserved. Hence the phrase, "reservations."
And passing up three tables to finally sit at your fourth choice isn't going to help you out either. It's a table. You are not buying REAL ESTATE. Keep in mind that most restaurants keep record of customers whom are PLEASURABLE to serve. We want to keep your business. Customers who aren't so pleasurable are put on a different record... "The Kid's Table."
Remember, Bartenders and Servers don't pay their rent with compliments.
Until next time,
Bitter? Party of one. Your table is ready.