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Monday, December 5, 2022
Letter: Restaurants can’t be expected to hold seats for locals

I would like to add my comments to the letter from Bernd Christmas, “Restaurants should give NOTLers priority,” (The Lake Report, Jan. 14). 

My husband and I were both born at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Cottage Hospital some 75 years ago.

We would never think that restaurants should give exception to us when wishing to dine.

If we wish to dine out and call for a reservation and are declined because the restaurant is already booked up, we would realize that next time we should call earlier.

What right do we have to expect a booming business to leave tables open for the likes of us or, heaven forbid, to give us a table while cancelling a reservation already made by an “outsider,” just to keep us happy?

Restaurant owners are not mind readers and do not know when it might strike us to go out to their establishment.

We are proud when they are busy and now these days and months that they cannot operate as usual we are more than happy to call in for curbside pickup or to dine in when we are again allowed.

I trust your comment came about from frustration and that you have now reconsidered. I trust my comment made here today is agreed to by the majority of NOTLers, as I feel it is extremely important to keep all of our local businesses thriving.

Susan Pohorly