First, I am a fan of El Gringo (Hermosa Beach) and I think they have good Mexican for the price. I know the place is under new ownership, and for that, I am grateful (went from a C to an A, for example). The following situation has happened far too many times for me to let another day go by without putting this out there to see if fellow Hounds experience this there or anywhere else.
Whenever my better half and I go in there within an hour of their closing time, they first state, "We close at 10:00." It could be 9:00 and the waitress will say this, all the while rushing around cleaning up.
Last night, we walked in (at 9:05) and the waitress states: "We're out of rice and soup." Nice way to greet patrons. Better Half and I look at eachother and think- "OK we can do without those." She comes back from clearing a table and asks, "So do you want a table?" Yes, that's why we are still standing here.
She seats us and we notice that one member of the kitchen crew is mopping up, the cook is drinking a beer, and the waitress is yelling across the restaurant to a friend. We were going to leave, but we were starved.
Obviously, we don't expect stellar service at this beachside, very casual place, but am I asking too much to not feel rushed while I'm eating? And not to smell Clorox before closing?
I am curious as to comments, esp. from restaurant management or employees, as to why restaurants do this. It is so distracting and we felt as if we were intruding. Any comments?