I'm exaggerating, of course, but just a little.
On the way out to Sunday night's hilarious "Capitol Steps" performance at the Clay Center, the missus and I wanted to stop someplace for cocktails and conversation along the way. Who knew it would end up being such an ordeal?
Bridge Road Bistro, closed for a private party.
Vandalia Grille, closed.
Bruno's, Timothy's and Bar 101 ... closed, closed and closed.
We finally landed at Adelphia, where we enjoyed drinks with a nice Greek salad before the show. (Side note: Kudos to Adelphia for continuing to do so well in a previously tough location for a restaurant to make a go of it.)
To be fair, Bridge Road Bistro is usually open to the public on Sunday evenings, as are a few other non-chain places in town. We drove right past lovely Lola's and should have stopped there.
So what's my point? I don't know.
I do know the restaurant business is tough, and the smaller pool of diners on a typically slow night may make it seem like shuttering the doors on Sunday is a smart business decision. And maybe it is.
But there are still a lot of people who like to dine out on Sunday nights. And maybe the reason they all congregate at the area's chain restaurants is because those are the only ones opening their doors for them.
Food for thought.
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