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Oregon Grille -- taking the "host" out of hospitality


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Oregon Grille -- taking the "host" out of hospitality

lawhound | | Jan 19, 2010 12:16 PM

My wife and I drove our daughter to a party on aupper Falls Road last Saturday night, and had about an hour to kill before picking her up, so we decided to stop by the Oregon Grille for appetizers and a drink. (I had been there once for lunch and was underwhelmed, but we were in the neighborhood and besides, how bad could it be?)

As neither of us was wearing evening clothes (although I should note that we were both neatly dressed), and the main dining room requires jackets, we took a small table in the bar area. The high seats at the bar were fully occupied, but there were several empty tables available. I ordered a glass of wine and asked for a bar menu. The waitress responded that on Saturday nights, they did not serve food in the bar area, but only when seated at the bar itself. When I pointed out that the bar seats were full, and asked whether we could simply order an appetizer, she refused (snippliy), and when I finally asked whether we could simply get some peanuts ot pretzels to go with my glass of wine, she replied that they "didn't have anything like that."

(Some of you may be saying, "did you ask to speak to the manager?" The answer is no, because 1) we had very little time, as we had to pick our daughter up, and 2) I don't go to restaurants for conflict, I have enough of that in my everyday life as a lawyer.)

By now our hour was running short, so I paid up and left. It's very hard to understand why a restaurant would (a) refuse to serve its guests food, and (b) show what is essentially the exact opposite of hospitality. I should have been warned by the lawnjockeys which line the entrance walk, and the faux hunt club scenes which circle the bar.

Never again.

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