Oh I had a manger do that, but this was the first time patrons acted like that.Top of the morning, all!
Sublime, I had a similar experience while with a friend at the Ground Round. A manager came over and tried his best to hustle us out. I wanted to dig in my heels, but my friend was disinclined to stay in a place where we clearly weren't particularly ($$$) welcome.
My MIL was in town and offered to watch the boys so we could go out. It was "furniture week" here. It's a zoo during furniture week. It's a huge convention ... Happens twice a year. Restaurants are packed.
So we went to a steak house called "the chop house". It's $$$, not $$$$, but not cheap either.
We had to wait for a table. So we were in the bar getting some drinks. 3 times the manger came up and asked us if we would mind just eating in the bar and he kept telling us he could get us in and out fast. I told him, each time that we weren't in a hurry (Bambi and I had not been out to eat at a decent place for quite some time) and had no problem waiting an hour for a table. THREE times.
I was already feeling ornery after that. Eventually we get our table. We order a bottle of win and an appetizer. Before we even ordered our entree, the waitress asks can I take your menus. I was like WTF? How many people come I here and order a bottle of wine and an appetizer. I was like, ah, actually we'd like to order diner too! Surprise!!!!
We ended up leaving the waitress a crappy tip (one and only time i've ever done such a thing) and left her a note.
I will never go back there if I have a choice. I've been back there with business associates,(when i have colleagues come in from Europe ... we like to take them to a nice steak restaurant ... a steak in Europe comes from elderly French dairy cow who can't produce milk anymore and is knocking on deaths door, lol ... Not the same as beef cattle ... So it's a treat for them to come have a real steak), but it is not my first choice. My boss will usually suggest we go there ... The last time we went, i suggested next time we go to Ruth's Chris. He agreed. The steaks at the chop house are good, but I've had much better at many other places. I much prefer Ruth's Chris, anyway.