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Jun 18, 2012 07:04 AM

Gift Suggestion for Restaurant Owner

A small, independently-owned Asian restaurant that my husband and I have been going to quite regularly over the past 6-7 years is closing. I can't say I'm surprised, based on the number of customers we've seen there on our frequent visits, but I am disappointed. In my opinion, the closing is far more reflective of a chain-food mentality than the quality of their food and service. The restaurant is in a largely touristy location, surrounded by every chain restaurant imaginable.

Over the years, we've gotten to know the owner and hostess quite well. We'll be seeing them for the last time this week and I'd like to bring them each a small gift as a token of our appreciation for so many enjoyable dinners. I should mention that neither of them drinks, so a gift of wine or something similar won't work. Can anyone help me with gift suggestions? Thanks!

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  1. Something that is not food related, at least for the owner. If you know their heritage, a better coffee table book with nice photos of their home countries might be nice.

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    1. re: ocshooter

      A bottle of imported sparkling fruit juice, a travel coffee or tea mug for the car, some lovely small guest soaps, a scarf, some patio candles, a small plant? Just know that whatever you choose, your kindness will be very much appreciated.

    2. Show or concert tickets? Or a gift certificate for something they wouldn't expect; for example, Penzey's. A couple of beautiful painted tea or coffee mugs would be lovely as well.

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        1. A really excellent quality tea, instead of wine?

          1. A really heartfelt card is always appreciated.