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Oct 27, 2010 12:35 PM

Chopsticks Sushi...Not sure they want me as a customer anymore

I've been going to this place a lot to get takeout for lunch. Somehow this appears to have made me an easy target to be treated a bit rudely by (I think) the owners, mostly the woman. I've been asked nosy, prying questions a few times, apparently blamed because they rushed my order once and it made someone else's order late (I didn't ask them to rush it), but it's good sushi and it's the closest place to where I live, so I've kept going back. I stopped there on Saturday night because we didn't feel like cooking. The exchange went something like this:

Lady owner: "Don't you cook?"
Me: "Well, yeah, but I didn't feel like it tonight."
Lady owner: "You should learn to make sushi."
Me, silently: (Um, don't you want my business?)

I suppose it doesn't sound like much written down, but with the tone and taking into account previous questions/remarks, I have to wonder why they'd want to drive a regular customer away. If there was anywhere else nearby with decent sushi, I'd switch because I feel quite unwelcome these days. The next closest place to me would be Sumo(?) in Sunridge, as far as I know...a bit further than I'd like to drive. Will I have to branch out and eat something else for lunch? (Nooooo!)

Has anyone else ever had this experience with a restaurant you frequented? I just don't understand why a business owner would do this.

I've recommended this place to friends, and even on here a few times before. :o/

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  1. Just to be clear- is this "chopstix" by Malboro Mall in Cgy?

    The whole thing sounds a bit soup-nazi-ish. Maybe that's part of the "charm." I'd be a bit offended too, though.

    Editing to correct myself- Chopstix is a Filipino place on Intl Ave; ChopSTICKS is indeed the sushi place near Mboro.

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    1. re: John Manzo

      Yes, it's across the street from Marlborough Mall.

      I haven't seen them do this to any of the other customers.

      1. re: Lainey1978

        i like their takoyaki .i have never been treated bad there.if they start that again with you just mention that there's another sushi joint up the road that you were thinking of trying,but im sure it was because you like sushi so much that she mentioned that you should learn to make it.(i did find a slight language barrier there that made things sound worse then they were)

        1. re: howlin

          I agree with howlin. To me it sounds like she is treating you like a person she knows and this is her way of trying to be friendly and engaging. The accent can often sound harsh. I would assume she is making an effort to recognize you as a regular customer.

          1. re: sirdinealot

            I second this. It just sounds like misinterpreted humor and maybe even a culture barrier.

            1. re: ediblover

              Could be, I guess. I'll see how it goes.

    2. It sounds to me like she's adopted you and talking to you as if she was your mother.

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      1. re: sharonanne

        I think sharonanne is right on the money............