A table next to ours had a diner that asked for a tour of the kitchen, but was politiely told that it was against restaurant policy.
Putting aside why a diner would want such a tour (personally, I can think of alot of good reason, none of which are necessarily health dept related), I am curious what fellow chowhounds stand on this issue.
Should a diner be entitled to visit the back-of-the-house?
Is there any reason (non-OSHA related) why the kitchen should be off-limits?
Sure, some restaurants do offer tours of the kitchen, but this is by far the minority practice. And, of course, there "open kitchens" but this is more of a peek-a-boo than anything else. Sushi bars, of course, are "open" but then they really aren't "kitchens" in the truest sense.
Maybe it's a practical consideration. With all the hustle and bustle going on, having an extra person or two walking around would be too disruptive, maybe?
I must admit, there are times when I'm at a steakhouse where I'd be really intrigued to see the salamander at work.