Last night 6 of us girls from church went out to dinner at Jack Astor's. I had decided I was craving some Garlic Pan Bread, so that was the place to go. We had a really good time together. It was the first time one of the girls had been able to go, so it was really nice to get to know her in a different setting, b/c we all know that people are just different outside of church!
We got to the restaurant around 6:30 & settled in for a nice long meal. Yes, we started w/ appetizers, went to entrees & shared a dessert (of COURSE we had chocolate cake!). WE had finished eating & were really enjoying eachother's company when the waitress asked if we could pay up & clear out. I checked the time & it was only 8:30, so we hadn't been there an exhobitant amount of time, & it wasn't b/c we were being boisterous either (we weren't the table loudly singing along to Bon Jovi's "Livin' On A Prayer" & "Girls Just Want to Have Fun", though thinking back, maybe if we had been, they would have left us alone). The waitress simply told us there was another group that had arrived & they needed our table.
One of the girls pointed out that she wasn't finished her coffee yet & was told, "well, if you could just hurry it along." Now, I really like the food at J.A., & I have never before had any issues with the staff (except one waiter who tried to bond w/ us a little too much), but I was highly dissapointed on this occasion. I thought the situation could have been dealt with w/ a bit more tact, or perhaps if they had just waited a few more minutes they wouldn't have had to ask us to leave at all. We were simply waiting for the coffee to be finished!