Respect the restaurant

I READ the report about rude no-show dining customers (‘‘Too many vacancies’’ Herald H1 12/5). I am not surprised this has come to a head. Myself and my partner recently closed our 50-seat a la carte restaurant on the mid-north coast. At least twice a week we had cancellations for small (or large) bookings or functions. Even our local council chambers, with a booking of eight people, failed to show at one time. No phone call to cancel.

It’s really sad to think about it – we closed only two weeks ago – but the rudeness of the public is really unnecessary. People complain they have nowhere to dine, but when someone opens a nice place, it becomes as disposable as the portion-controlled sauces, salt and pepper at a boring bistro or a slummy-looking pub or an out-of-date club selling $5 schnitzels and roasts.

It’s really not a nice place to take your mother for Mother’s Day or your loved ones for a family night out. We are looking forward to moving to the Hunter and hoping this trend ends very soon.

Angela Ritter, Taree

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