Yom Kippur, the highest of holy days for our Jewish brethren, occurs but once a year. It is a day of atonement and celebrated by going to temple and maintaining a day of fasting beginning at sundown. On this evening, non Jews can dine at any restaurant in town, at practically any time they wish, at the most popular venue and reserving even at the last minute without being given the 6 o'clock or 10 o'clock shuffle normally afforded them. To those of us not of the Jewish faith, it is a veritable mitzvah, to get into a restaurant for which we would otherwise wait weeks.
With this in mind and wanting to experience Dolce , it seemed odd that I could only get a 6:30 reservation but hey maybe all the other non Jews in LA had the same idea earlier and had booked all the more popular seating times I presumed.
Got there, was delegated to their non-main seating area which filled quickly and enjoyed a wonderful meal and excellent service. Went to the restroom after the entree only to find that the opulent booths and other tables in the main dining venue were virtually empty, most likely waiting for the hordes of regulars or celebrity drop-ins that on this night never came.
The point of this story is this. Spago and Patina had tables open for any time between 7 and 9 because they have a history and know that on Yom Kippur their restaurant won't fill because of the abundance of Jewish diners in LA. The young upstart restaurants not having seasoned a full year of being operational and not having experienced a slow Yom Kippur evening should consult their calendars, look up what Yom Kippur means in terms of potential patronage that night and allow the tourists and those who live in the Valleys to come in at prime times, get seated at those tables they only read about in Zagat's and be treated like kings and queens.
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