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I had lunch with a friend in RUB today and was shocked when the waiter said they were "out of a few things on the menu." These "few things" turned out to be pulled pork, bbq chicken, pulled chicken, St. Louis ribs and the portobello mushroom (okay, I wasn't so concerned about the fact that someone must have ordered the last mushroom). He said they had a lot of catering orders.

I may be naive to the inner workings of the restaurant world, but how does a bbq joint run out of ribs due to "catering orders?" More importantly, how do they run out of so many dishes simultaneously. Even if someone called that day and ordered all of the food in the house, wouldn't they say no so that they could continue to serve?

I also noticed that the beans had way more meat in them than usual, which made me think they might be running out of beans as well.

I really like RUB and I'll continue to go back, but today was rather odd? Has anyone had similar experiences?

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  1. "I may be naive to the inner workings of the restaurant world, but how does a bbq joint run out of ribs due to "catering orders?"

    On a Friday just before the Christmas holidays when companies are throwing office parties? Just a guess.

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      1. re: KTinNYC

        Poor ordering...plain and simple.

      2. re: Bob Martinez

        That makes sense, except that companies usually plan their holiday parties in advance, so the restaurant should've seen the demand coming today and ordered accordingly.

        Maybe they just made a mistake, but for a bbq place to run out of ribs, pulled pork and all chicken seems like a pretty big mistake.

        1. re: LloydG

          Since RUB is a BBQ place, the answer might be as simple as the fact that the smokers can only hold so much- so not so much under estimating what they might need for both catered orders and restaurant custiomers, but more a case of there only being just so much they are able to turn out. After all, it's not as if they can add more smokers.