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Kanpai Snack Bar

No flaming from me. You do give them 3 months to work things out which sounds fair and hardly zero patience if you ask me.

Kanpai Snack Bar

"...CH'rs...can recognize the difference between an established venue doing poorly, versus a beginning venue, which still hasn't had a chance to work out the inevitable kinds out, doing poorly."

If only.

I have seen way too many posters push a zero patience mandate.

Rude treatment at Khao San Road

Their twitter account has been removed but Chowhound has more than a few related play-by-play posts. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9297...

Rude treatment at Khao San Road

I agree with Googs that his three comments together add up to one answer about table/dining space. It is one complete answer not to be picked apart. No KSR did not edit the post.

Could one read-in that he is simply saying "If you want more space go to JA."? Sure you can. But given how carefully he worded his answer with great detail and simple examples, I think he is just sharing the facts of life. I don't see him as being flippant.

"The Issue of Dining Space / Table Space
- We are a small restaurant and our atmosphere is hustle & bustle. We do not have tons of personal space, as space is a premium downtown. You will find more space at Jack Astors around the corner, but you will also be paying $17.46 for pad thai there (ours is $15 at the time of writing this).
- We have 9 tables, only 1 table larger than a 4-top. If we did not place an extra chair on a 4-top for parties of 5 they would have unreasonably long waiting times.
- When there are seating options, we offer what is available. If people do not like the table/space we offer, they are not obligated to dine here. When patrons choose to decline and wait for their preferred table/space, we work with that option as well when it is possible."

I don't see the rudeness and truth is I don't have much compassion for the guy after his stunt on Queen W.


Rude treatment at Khao San Road

Yes, that's true. I missed that it was a plan for the future.

People (clients mostly) can be SO rude and confrontational it takes a strong personality to remain calm, courteous and in control on the job. That is the type of person who should be working the door in such a demanding position.

"‎PS - Hosting at a busy restaurant is a demanding job - I welcome anyone to come shadow my host for a week."

Rude treatment at Khao San Road

My point may have been missed. It was reported that the hostesses, who were not servers (Pincus), were rude and nasty and that the second wouldn't supply her name when asked. In fact, she walked away. This report does not match Monte's written expectation for his staff to give his name.

For clarity, my question was asking how he trains the staff to remain courteous and professional while refusing to give their name because if this report is acceptable to him, I am not interested in visiting either.

If someone were overly rude or insulting to me, I would take that person's picture on my phone. I wouldn't need their name to report them to management.

Rude treatment at Khao San Road


If I have read between the lines correctly, I understand that you advise your staff against sharing their names for fear of reprisal on social media.

If this is a correct assumption, how do you train them to professionally answer the question "what is your name please?"

Anyone tried Sfizio Pizzeria & Wine Bar (401 Bloor st E)


New Restaurant - On Roncessvalles at Queen - Asian?

Suggestions for dinner in downtown Toronto for guests from Japan?

Carbon Bar.

Best Banana Bread

There are many other "best things" at Harbord Bakery.

Dangerous Dan's Diner at Queen and Broadview for sale

Just you? I'm pretty sure nobody would make the decision without first getting the facts and the answers to all of these questions, and more.

Restaurant with Live Bands

This thread is almost 10 years old.

Keg Mansion vs. Bardi's

In consideration of selection and food quality and/or décor, there is a demand for different levels of steakhouse, much like Italian restaurants, which cater to different levels of snobbery.

Sotto Sotto gutted by fire tonight!

I do not know. Did you stutter?

I thought maybe there could be more to your generic statement. I guess you just wanted to share that gracious thought and nothing more?

Here's mine.

Firemen are great at putting out fires.

Sotto Sotto gutted by fire tonight!

"Insurance is a great thing to have.. :)"

What does that even mean?

Is Carman's steakhouse really back?

2014 Restaurants and Food Store OPENINGS - Part II

Hot Chocolate, 2014

SOMA is incredible but sometimes a less rich version is preferred. Has anybody had the hot chocolate at The White Squirrel? I love their ice cream cookies but haven't tried the hot chocolate. thanks!

2014 Restaurants and Food Store OPENINGS - Part II

Really? I find Bent to be of good value.

Casual brewpub or gastropub for party of 14 just before Christmas

Many, many, months ago we twice visited Bellwoods and found the food to be at best mediocre. Did we order the wrong items, or have they stepped it up?

Advice please: which McEwan establishment?

My response was, What the fuck are you talking about?

Schmaltz Appetizing


Schmaltz Appetizing

With accoutrement I imagine.

Schmaltz Appetizing

No coincidence at all. It is the way it works on purpose. Snoop, hound and report. Do some restaurants call themselves in? Of course. I am just responding to what you wrote so emphatically.

"If you think that it's the "media", out of the blue, that's calling up restaurant groups the day of opening to do a non-review preview, I have a number of highly favourable real estate investments for you..."

Schmaltz Appetizing

I KNOW for a fact that the media watches like hounds and often approaches first to get the scoop. It sounds like you do not have a grounded understanding of the relationship between "rag" and restaurant. Yes they do call out of the blue.

Lots of high profile new restaurant closings, anyone know why?

To read is one thing. To heed the advice/input of others; totally different ability.

Stoney's opening on Queensway!!

I've learned to lie at such places.

Holy Chuck... Priest has nothing on this place.

Just another obnoxious post here on Chowhound. Yes, I can un-read the post after I read it, sure, but what these types of posts do well, is deter good people from posting.

Best Single Slice of Cheesecake in Toronto

Sorry to jump in on the OP, but I would love to find out from happycamper which sliced cheesecake is the best, regardless of style?