My wife and I stopped in at Marlowe & Sons around noon a couple of Saturdays ago to have some lunch/brunch. First visit. We'd passed the place many times, read so many good things about it, now we wanted to try it out.
M&S operates in a very small space. No one was sitting at the outside tables as it was too cold that day, and the front room (the store) was bustling and busy. We went into the back room (the dining room), and were lucky enough to snare a table that was just being vacated. The place was crowded.
So we sat at the table, which had the remains of the previous diners — plates, coffee cups, napkins, etc. We stacked them up just to have a little elbow room.
And we sat. And sat. And sat. There seemed to be employees coming in and out of what must have been the kitchen, and every once in a while one of them would even glance at our table, but no one came over to remove the pile of used dishes. They were standing and chatting with each other, and they had to pass our table to go back into the kitchen, but it was like we weren't there.
It seemed like other diners were going out to the front (the store) and purchasing items at the counter, and then carrying them back and eating them at the tables. But we didn't know if this was how things were done, and we certainly didn't know what to do about the dirty dishes on the table.
So, after about 15 minutes, we gave up and left. We were not interested in a self-service brunch, and there certainly was no other service that we could see while we were there.
Decidedly odd experience...