Top 10 Tuesday -- the civility list
Please contribute anecdotes and examples of a restaurant's having gone an extra step, either by anticipating a need or concern or by responding nimbly to one. This could be anything from the first time you were offered a large-type menu, to the nice, non-shouty way a waitress recited the specials to a hard-of-hearing guest, to the bartender who put on your favorite cd without your asking.The topic is civility, but I got there in a roundabout way. I remember it all so clearly now. ("Wayne's World flashback effect -- Diddly-doot! Diddly-doot! Diddly-doot!")
News of Diablita's closing sparked some talk about what effect the restaurant's nonborhood* had on business. That made me think about other obstacles to dining, real and perceived. Smoking is not the complete non-issue you might think. Baltimore restaurants have been slow to implement non-smoking outdoor seating areas -- I'm thinking they're going to have to sooner than later.
So, this week it's positive stories, and maybe next week we can rip people apart.
*nonborhood -- a transitional space between two or more other well-defined neighborhoods.