OK, I just need to get this off my chest.
The restaurant experience used to go like this:
-Show up, talk to host, if table is not ready, retire to bar and have a cocktail or glass of wine until talble is ready. Sometime even show up early specifically to have a drink beforehand. Eat dinner. Perhaps have an after dinner drink at the bar. How civilized.
Show up, talk to host, if table is not ready.. attempt to go to bar and get drink while being bashed into by people standing in the non-existant space by the fron door and get filthy comments and looks from the diners at the bar because asking for a drink is disturbing teir dinner . Retreat with drink to the two square feet between the bar and the door, attempt to not have your cocktail spilled all over you as the other sheep try and endure the time in the mosh pit until their table is ready.
GIVE THE BAR BACK.
Sorry.....just had to rant.