Has anyone encountered this or any industry insiders have reasons?
So last Thursday I went to a sushi restaurant near my work for the first time and was blown away by the quality of food and the Sushi Chef I sat in front of at the Sushi bar ( walked right in and requested a seat at the sushi bar and was seated). I returned this Thursday and arrived right before they opened, there was a couple and a party of three waiting when I arrived. After a few min. a few other couples joined in line behind me. First couple requested the chef that served me last time and were seated at the Sushi bar. The three top also requested him and were told he only has two seats so there would be a wait or they could sit in front of the other chef...they decided to wait in the lounge. i simply requested 1 for the sushi bar (though I wanted the chef from my previous visit, I was on a time restraint due to my train home). i was told "we can seat you at a table or there will be a wait" OK at least 14 seats in front of the second chef at the Sushi Bar WTF am I waiting for? At first i thought maybe the prep wasn't finished but after seeing the first chef talking and serving his two customers and the second standing with his arms behind his back waiting for customers i deduced this was not the case.
I am actually really easy going but after years of dinning I have never experienced this (and through years of travel with work have dined alone in a great many restaurants with no problems) So basically you have an empty restaurant, two people seated, a party of three in the lounge and no room for me at the sushi bar that has 14 empty seats? The hostess was shocked "You don't want to wait? or sit at a table" I politely said no i want to be seated at the Sushi bar and cannot wait because I do not want to be rushed or miss my train."
I did email the restaurant .but will be shocked if I get a response.