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Allen's on Danforth - will never go back


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Allen's on Danforth - will never go back

Foodiesmith | | Jun 21, 2010 07:35 AM

This past Saturday, a group of friends (10 of us) wanted to hang out on a patio have dinner and catch up. When my friend arrived at 5, she was told that for the patio you were only allowed to stay for 2.5hours. So she opted to wait for the rest of us at the bar as to not eat in to our allotted 2.5 patio window. Friends started coming at about 6PM so they moved to the patio. We were a full group of 10 by 6:45PM, we started with drinks and apps and then another round of drinks. We tracked our waitress down and told her that we were ready to order our main meal at 7:45 to which she replied, “are you sure because you have to be out of here by 8:30PM at the latest. We couldn’t believe the attitude and asked if we could convince them to let us stay a little longer since we were about to spend some serious cash (it was Lobster fest by the way, which many of us were going to order) she wouldn’t let us speak to the manager instead insisted on being a go-between. She came back and said, sorry, 8:30PM and you have to leave by this point it was almost 8pm so I called Globe across the street and they said come on over we’ll take care of you. We paid our bill and left Allen’s and frankly based on the rude servers and bizarrely stringent rules we will never come back. I get the rule is there so someone doesn’t hog a table on the pretty patio while nursing one beer and a plate of fries but we were celebrating and I even tried to make reservations (which they don’t take) but told me to come for 6 and getting a table shouldn’t be a problem which is why we started so early. Anyway, I love food and good friends but I’ll never go back to Allen’s. There was a line up of folk waiting to get in so I guess they don’t care their customers more about turning over tables.