It's half empty. We have our menus. We cannot get the waiter to look at us. He clears tables. He seats other people. He fidgets with silverware. He seats other people. We practically get up and wave. He doesn't look up. (He doesn't take other orders, either.)
We finally order -- a dinner salad & the vegetable plate & bread. We let him know we are now time-pressed to get to a meeting. He nods.
Food comes in its own sweet time, because the place is now busy busy.
We ask for the bread. We wait for the bread. We ask again for the bread, when we can get his attention. We ask another waiter for the bread. Again.
We get the bread. We are by now about done with our dinners. We ask for the check and practically throw money at the guy. Cash, not credit card, hoping to save a couple of seconds.
We get our change. We tip too much because we must fly out the door & don't have time to figure it all out.
We weren't looking for fast food. To get very simple food, no cooking required -- just assembly -- at a not-full restaurant took a good 45 minutes.
What happened to this usually pleasant neighborhood spot?