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Sep 9, 2012 05:16 PM

"Someone is waiting for your table....'

We met friends that we do not see that often at a restaurant. It was a new restaurant but be have been frequent patrons of the many restaurants the owners have previouly owned. We had drinks, apps, dinner, split dessert and were lingering, enjoying our friends company. The receptionist came by and said to us "We have someone outside who would literally pay you for your table right now.' My husband thought she was kidding, I don't think she was. There seemed to be other tables opened and I was not aware of any time limit. We did not stay after dessert but we certainly did not rush. Were we wrong not to rush?

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  1. Did you ask how much they wanted to pay?

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    1. re: Philly Ray

      I thought the same thing..."How much $$$?"

      If they ~really~ wanted the table and it was enough $$$ to compel you to leave and walk a few blocks to the next bar or whatever....great. You can laugh and nibble/drink and chat about it later.

      Food + rushing = a bad combination IMHO.

      1. re: pedalfaster

        Great thoughts! No we did not! We should have!

        1. re: pedalfaster

          "Sure if they pay my bill and leave a nice tip".

          I would have finished eating dessert at my pace without rushing, but wouldn't have lingered.

      2. The hostess, from how you relate it, was not asking you to leave, only letting you know of the offer from the other people. That's fair, as it seems to have involved actual money. I would have asked how much, if good enough, accepted the offer and moved to one of the other open tables. Perhaps the other people had some sentimental value about that particular table.

        For me, if I am enjoying myself and see open tables, I feel no need to rush. Not to camp, mind you, but not rush. I would have jumped at the chance to hear the offer, and then accept, move over and try to figure the rest of the story for the why that table.

        1. You were not wrong not to rush, but you may have made a mistake in not grabbing the opportunity to negotiate!

          1. "Okay I'll sell them the table but I'm going to need some help carrying it outside"

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            1. Just how good was your table? I'm curious. I'm curious as to why the receptionist took it upon herself to be the waiting patron liaison. Very odd. Would she get a cut of the $$?