Well, me and the ex tried to eat at LaC last night. We arrived at exactly 6.45. There was no one in the joint and the owner (?) informed us that they "weren't open yet" because he had just gotten back from the market. (I was warned that the service was slow, but this is ridiculous.) Seeing as how there were no customers, i believed him. Then we were told that it would be another half hour till they were ready. I've been around somewhat, so we figured it would be at least an hour. Plus, there was no air conditioning and it was fairly hot last night, and we were starving, so we split. Yeah the decor was kind of quaint, but it will be a long time before we venture to try his peculiar brand of hospitality again. Isn't the main function of a restaurant to serve food?
On a somewhat better note, we ended up at Caro Mio (1827 W. Wilson) and had a pretty good Italian meal(Chix Vesuvio, a great greenbean and marinated mozz salad and osso bucco). Since we had already come equpped with a bottle of cheap red (LaC is also BYO) we had a pretty good time. Most importantly, the bermuda short clad owner introduced himself and chatted about food for awhile. A much different level of professionalism than our earlier experience. It's great to be emotionally attached to the idea of feeding people, but, after all, a restaurant is a business and if the owner can't meet that basic requirement, he should seek another line of work