Ate with three friends at Orinoco last night, the second Saturday night in a row for two of us. Arrived at 8 and waited (comfortably, with a bottle of wine) until 9 to be seated. By the time we ordered, they'd run out of all eight of the arepas, along with the tequenos, the skirt steak, and, by midway through our meal, the Brahma beer.
Is this unusual, for Orinoco (or any similar restaurant) to run out of so many items in a single evening? Some at our table were bothered; others of us chalked it up to the restaurant still being fairly new, still getting a lot of favorable press and the resulting surges of new diners, and not yet knowing how much food to have on hand on busier nights.
Love the place, so I'm inclined to cut them some slack; they're small and young, so I can understand that they may want to be conservative when it comes to buying food, not wanting much to go to waste. Curious to hear others' thoughts.