I've gone to Cafe Pamplona twice recently to have the tasty garlicky "red" (tomato) gazpacho, which I think might be the most satisfying bowl of soup you can get in town for under $4 (or around that, I can't remember for sure), and without question the best bowl of soup you can eat at a restaurant in Cambridge while smoking a cigarette.
I've been startled to find that the service this summer has actually been... polite and more or less efficient. Concerned, I have been observing as I walk by when going elsewhere in the neighborhood, thinking that I may have seen some kind of aberration from the norm. Alarmingly, I have seen no waiters slouching out front playing with their cellphones or talking to their buddies while other patrons try to get their attention, as was common last summer and probably many summers prior; rather, I have seen energetic and kind-looking young women and men bustling back and forth with evident devotion to the actual work of taking orders and delivering coffee and food.
This has been greatly puzzling to me and has worried me as I thought it might signify some lapse or failing in health for the owner, who as far I know has not yet managed to sell it to anyone else. Is there any secret I'm missing here? Or do odd things just happen sometimes?
All my concerns aside, the new aspect of the cafe actually is pleasant. I actually find that I appreciate it.
PS: Wikipedia has a great article about the place: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Café_Pam...