Maybe half empty is a bit of a stretch, but we went out for sushi last night, and when we were arrived there were 3 or 4 empty 4-tops in the restaurant. It was about 8:45 p.m., which on a Thursday night in this city means that the evening rush is pretty much over. The hostess said that they didn't have any tables available. When we asked about the empty tables right in front of us, she told us that they do not seat parties of 2 at 4-tops. This really rubbed me the wrong way. Is it a reasonable position from them to take when it's getting near the end of the night and they have multiple 4-tops open?
We ended up waiting in the bar for 20 minutes for a table for 2 to clear, and had a perfectly decent meal. The empty 4-tops remained empty through out our meal.