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That's funny - she was accusing us of being from out of town. I showed her my drivers license.
Edina - EG for RLPL black plain toes for me

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post #18647 of 25373
Black eccos for me. The poorest of the poor.


So am I to take it that impo didnt want to dine with matt or I, but upon hearing that Manton would be there, he was interested?
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So am I to take it that impo didnt want to dine with matt or I, but upon hearing that Manton would be there, he was interested?

Whatevs. When you boil it all down, he said no and I said yes. I'm the one who loves you.
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Whatevs. When you boil it all down, he said no and I said yes. I'm the one who loves you.

glad to know there's someone out there for you K-dub.
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I said no. My excuse was I need the money for an upcoming vacation, but in reality it was my pithy indifference for the group.



I stayed home and watched hockey and drank a crappy domestic pinot. Who's jealous now?
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...pithy indifference...

File under 'Potential Band Names'.
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ithought mgm did a good job. it's a bit like some of his dishes: he's got the tools and he'll be doing great when he stops worrying about sounding like somebody else.
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I said no. My excuse was I need the money for an upcoming vacation, but in reality it was my pithy indifference for the group.
I stayed home and watched hockey and drank a crappy domestic pinot. Who's jealous now?

Hockey is dead to me.

I'm back in NY at the end of May... mark your calendar and let's grab food.
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ithought mgm did a good job. it's a bit like some of his dishes: he's got the tools and he'll be doing great when he stops worrying about sounding like somebody else.

My casual bro style isnt your type? frown.gif
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Hockey is dead to me.
I'm back in NY at the end of May... mark your calendar and let's grab food.

yeeeeeaahhhh the Blackhawks were shut out at home and eliminated last night.

I'm out of town from mid-May to June 2nd or 3rd. Bummer, it was fun closing places.
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Originally Posted by gomestar View Post

I said no. My excuse was I need the money for an upcoming vacation, but in reality it was my pithy indifference for the group.



I stayed home and watched hockey and drank a crappy domestic pinot. Who's jealous now?

I really won't get into saying "yes" to the whole April thing vs. February.
post #18657 of 25373
So, since it has been alluded to, and has not been stated, I am going to go ahead and tell the story of the terrible opening to Alinea. It should serve as a cautionary and instructive tale about how absolutely to avoid acting as a restaurant GM.

We were six at Alinea, and the reservation was made and confirmed through Amex. All of the paperless work said six, both reservation and confirmation. We arrived in a taxi and a car, the taxi being first with only two passengers. They checked in and were seated, having told the GM that we were six. He, apparently, said the reservation was for four on their books, but made it seem like no big deal. The rest of us arrived a few minutes later and were immediately greeted with "there is a problem." No, "I am very sorry but it seems as though we have a problem," no "it seems as though there may be a mixup with the reservation, but we will do whatever we can to fix it" or anything like that. Just a noticeably surly greeting of "we have a problem, and only have room for four. Nothing we can do." So, I pulled up our electronic confirmation to show him, explained that we were mostly from out of town and would really appreciate getting this settled, or something like that but in pretty benign language, and he refused to look down at the confirmation (this was fucking unbelievable!!!,) and just said there was nothing he could do, that four of us could stay and two could leave. I tried to explain to him that he was handling this in a very rude manner and seemed not to be suitably upset about his clients being out airline tickets etc through no fault of their own, and he started to go on about how American Express was impossible and he hated dealing with them. The one concept that never entered his conversation was apology. It was, to be honest, the worst experience I've ever had with anybody at a restaurant, and had I not been a few thousand miles from home, I would have just left. As it was, I went outside to call AmEx and, somehow, in the meantime he and the rest of the group had figured that it was possible to seat us 45 minutes late. So obviously there was something he could have done, other than being a complete asshole, but he chose not to, for some unknown reason. On top of all of that, I find out after that they had tried to quick sell drinks to the early arrivers, clearly to lock them in knowing that there was going to be a problem with the reservation. Others who overheard the conversation and probably have a better view should correct me if I am wrong.

The food was very good, the company and wine great. The manager is a class A cocksucker and I would never return.
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sucks that a world class restaurant like alinea would have customer service issues like that. i'm surprised he didn't even apologize
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I'm sure the manager was buzzing around the whole time, he didn't even bother approaching you guys after the meal (and the dropping of a shit ton of cash) with a "Hope you guys had a good time, sorry for the mix up"?
post #18660 of 25373
Two things:

1) It was not the GM who seated us when Ron and I came in, it was a woman. She asked for the reservation name, I told her, she said "so two more will be joining?" I said "Four." She said "Oh, we have you for four" I said "No, it's definitely six." And then she said "would you like to look at the kitchen?" and then she seated us. At a table for four. She did not give any indication there would be a problem, in fact by seating us she gave us to believe that there would not be a problem. I don't know if this is exculpatory or not except that it was not the GM who seated us and it's possible that she only told him about the problem after we were seated.

2) On the selling of drinks, they definitely did try to sell us drinks or a bottle of wine but it was the sommalier who did so and, again, I can't be sure he knew what the issue was. He might have just figured we were part of a 4-top so why not get started.

That said, the GM definitely was a jerk. His first solution was, we'll take four and make a reservation for the other two somewhere else. Unacceptable. His second was, we'll take four now and seat two others somewhere else in 45 minutes. Then one of our party said, If you can do that, why can't you take us all in 45 min? To which he said, I have to ask the chef. Which was done and approved. Then we went next door for a drink and the GM hmself came over and got us.

After that it was smooth sailing, I don't think we were treated badly after that in any way or punished for being trouble-makers. In fact I found the service very good.

But the opening was outrageous and they did nothing to make up for it beyond doing what they were supposed to do (which they did very well).

As to why he was like that I can only guess and the one thing that springs to mind is maybe that people often show up and try to bluff them into seating them by claiming a reservation they don't have? I really can't think of anything else.
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