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Sep 16, 2012 12:35 PM

Glass Dessert Case in Bar/Restaurant

I went to a casual restaurant--beer, wine, burgers kind of place--not a diner. Lots of wood, brick walls and a kind of "cool" vibe until I saw the lighted glass dessert case with single pieces of cake etc, inside set right in the middle of the bar. So my questions are: 1. Do you find this to be odd? 2. Would you wonder about the condition of desserts left unwrapped inside the case? 3.Any other thoughts?

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  1. Though I have never seen a desert case in a bar, I don't find it odd. Diners have had pies,cake, etc. out in a display case for years. Bakeries, too. A nearly empty case would indicate the placement was good, tho. So long as there were no critters inside the closed case, I'm fine with it.

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    1. re: al b. darned

      Would you be willing to sit next to it, lit up, for an evening?

      1. re: escondido123

        I'm not really the one to ask, as I haven't been to a bar in years...decades actually. When I go out to eat I may have a beer or some wine with my meal, but that's about it. And when the meal is over, I may order a desert from that case you are sitting next to.

        1. re: al b. darned

          Well this is an open space bar down one side tables on the other, as I said very casual. If you are eating in this place, you can't miss the dessert frig.

        2. re: escondido123

          If I was sitting in the bar for an evening, I'm not sure that the bakery case would be the only one lit up!!!

          The bakery case would be no more annoying than the neon beer signs or the 8 televisons tuned to different sporting events

          1. re: bagelman01

            They have none of those oddly enough.

      2. I see these often... and if they are showing individual servings not wrapped, perhaps it is purely for display. Meaning they serve the desserts from the kitchen where they are kept wrapped or under appropriate storage conditions.
        Was the case you saw refrigerated?

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        1. re: iluvcookies

          Yes, refrigerated, but these were not for display--must of been 25 plates in there.

        2. It is odd, and I would probably not be interested in a slice of cake that had been sitting unwrapped in the case all day. Things dry out and take on odors when cut and exposed. Seems almost cafeteria style.

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          1. re: babette feasts

            The cakes would dry out and increase your beverage order after being consumed. Instead of cheap 'free' salty snacks in bowls on the bar, you can spend $5 for cake and need to buy another round to wash it down

          2. I don't think it is terribly odd, but you are the one who saw it.

            If you didn't want to sit by it, ask for a different table. If you didn't like the look of the desserts, don't order one. If it bothers you so much, don't go back.

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            1. re: ChillyDog

              I am well aware of what my choices are, I was wondering if others found this odd.

              1. re: escondido123

                Sorry if I wasn't clear. No, I don't find it odd.