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bonnienola | | May 20, 2011 08:24 PM

A few months back my wife and I and four other friends had a Wednesday night reservation at Boucherie in New Orleans.We visit New Orleans several times a year and have loved dining at Boucherie on our last four visits, so I am familiar with the intricacies and table size limitations of the restaurant. We arrived at 7:20 for our 7:30 reservation and after reporting to the hostess were told that the diners seated at our table were finishing up dessert and that while our table would not be ready at 7:30 it should be available shortly. We waited and waited for almost an hour. We could see our prospective table and watched as it's occupants slowly drank cups of coffee and conversed while pushed back from the table. Our waiter to be ,apologized and I must admit made several attempts to move the party along. They just plain refused to leave. We were finally seated and as usual enjoyed a wonderful meal. The problem is that we are returning to New Orleans and I want to eat at Boucherie while my wife refuses, saying that the restaurant did not handle the situation well.I am curious as to what the restaurant could have done differently. Were the prior diners exceptionally rude ,or am I wrong in thinking they should have vacated the table sooner

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