Why Perfume in Restaurants Stinks: The Bon Appetit Foodist: Blogs & Forums : bonappetit.com

11:06 AM / March 23, 2009
/ Posted by Andrew Knowlton

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Dear BA Foodist,

I recently dined out at a well-respected Chicago restaurant. Everything–from the service to the food–was exceptional until the “couple from hell” sat down next to us. They were loud, lewd, and just plain rude. One of our best meals in quite some time was a bust. I kept quiet, but now I’m thinking I should have said something. Any advice?

–JON PAUL Buchmeyer, New York

Dear Jon Paul,

I had a similar experience a few months back. My wife and I were celebrating our anniversary at a high-end spot when a couple was seated nearby. Everything seemed okay at first, until we got a whiff of them. Her floral perfume and his citrus cologne must have been applied with a ladle. There was no way we were going to smell or taste a thing. Ever wonder why good restaurants don’t let employees wear fragrance? This is why.

Thankfully, the restaurant understood and got us another table. We were
lucky, but, unfortunately, in our case and yours, the restaurant is under no
obligation to move you. At one point or another we’ve all been seated next
to the loud talker or the woman with a hyena-like laugh or the couple making
out. Restaurants don’t screen potential customers, so unless the people at a
table are becoming hostile or abusive to the waitstaff or other customers,
there’s nothing you can really do except ask to be moved.

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by RaiulBaztepo on March 31, 2009 at 4:12 am

    Hello!
    Very Interesting post! Thank you for such interesting resource!
    PS: Sorry for my bad english, I’v just started to learn this language 😉
    See you!
    Your, Raiul Baztepo

    Reply

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