We had dinner at the Boulevard Café on Harbord Street last night. It was a warm, humid evening, so we were far more comfortable on the outdoor patio than inside.
The food (in my case, the Peruvian seafood stew) was tasty, if, in my opinion, a bit pricey, and the portions somewhat small.
The main problem of the evening occurred due to a film crew that was working in the intersection outside of the restaurant. As I began my seafood stew, all the lights were turned off, and remained that way for at least a half hour, leaving us to struggle to eat food we could hardly see. The explanation was that the lights from the restaurant interfered with the filming.
I wonder if the restaurant had some legal obligation to do this for the film crew, since I would think that their first obligation should have been to its customers’ comfort, not to the filming schedule.
In any case, some sort of apology or compensation - say, a free dessert, some money off the bill or even an invitation to return another evening would have been appropriate, but none was offered. They didn’t even bring me a refill on my coffee.