So I see one of our favourite places is about to re-open after the festive hullabaloo.
I wish I could say this is cause for jubilation.
But it’s not.
I fact, I’m beginning to realise that perhaps it’s not one of our favourite places after all.
Because, despite the outrageous excellence of the joint’s food – and they charge for that excellence, but not TOO much – truth is eating there is a downer.
Such joyous tucker is served by the staff – and orders and payment taken – with such morose countenances, without exception, that it’s impossible to escape the idea they’d far rather be somewhere else.
I could laugh this off or dismiss it as punter paranoia, except for the fact I’ve read online comments by another customer indicating they get exactly the same impression.
Upon reading those comments, my immediate thought was: “Ah – so it isn’t just me!”
Another place, much closer to home, has also fallen somewhat out of favour with us.
Unlike the first business, those associated with the second know who we are. We’ve written about them. Very nicely, I might add …
But we don’t want to be treated like royalty. We don’t expect favours because we do Consider The Sauce. And we certainly don’t want obsequiousness.
We just want to be treated like the regular, local, paying customers we are.
Yet every time we are in there we see the majority of customers treated with wide smiles and welcoming chat, rather than the pursed, unsmiling lips and brusque, businesslike approach afforded us.