I have been trying for the past several Saturdays to get into a hot DC restaurant, Zaytinya, for dinner. Â I called last Thursday for reservations on Saturday (for dinner, they only take reservations for dining between 5 and 6:30), and was informed that they were completely booked up. Â The receptionist also told me that I was free to walk in and try to get a table, as they have several non-reserved tables set aside for walk-ins. Â I walk in at slightly before 6 on Saturday night and am informed by the maitre d', a mustached and goateed fellow with European accent directly out of an SNL skit, that the wait would be 45 minutes. Â Meanwhile, I notice that half the tables in the restaurant are empty. What gives? Â Do you think those tables are reserved, or is this restaurant trying to generate artificial wait times so they will still be considered "hot"?
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3/31/05 at 1:15pm