I know many of us have done this at some point in our lives, but why does the public feel it is ok to stay WELL beyond closing time. What I mean is, a group of 4-5 people come in 30 minutes before closing--no problem. We close the restaurant, and begin cleaning, and I make sure my staff is respectful, and does not put chairs up nor do any cleaning within remote distance of their table. 20 minutes after close, 30, 40 minutes after close, they pull out a large folder of pictures , and start perusing though them. That is when it starts to bother me. At that point, I turned up the lights that were dimmed for dinner, and turned off the TV. When they left, they came to me and said they did not appreciate feeling rushed!! I apologized and simply said that I have high school kids working here, and I try to get them home at a reasonable hour so their parents do not get upset.
2 things here. First, folks if you are out in a restaurant after closing, be prepared for the restaurant to do things to get closed. (As long as they are respectful of you.) We have lives also. Whether it is family at home, or a school night for kids, I believe it is thoughtless and rude to stay in a restaurant 40-45 minutes after closing, and THEN pull out pictures, then also to complain about it. What would happen if I came to your office, or place of business and stayed that long....? I think you might actually ASK me to leave at that point, which for some reason is taboo for me to do even professionally.
Any one have any thoughts on this?