Group Dinner + Not So Good Ending
Dress: Styles2Class Boutique (Sold Out)
Chandelier Earrings: Sam Moon
Saturday night the ladies of MsIndependent and I went to dinner at Mr. Peeples to part take in the Houston Restaurant week menu. There were some issues with reservations and seating. 15 women showed for dinner, but the reservation was only for 8, and the restaurant could not accommodate us at the last minute since it was a busy night (yet, while we were there and before we left I saw many empty tables.....but that's none of my business.) The reservation was set for a small number because the dinner/event host for the group had to give an estimated number for the reservation, and with much experience in setting up meet ups like this, the number tends to be half of the RSVPs who show. Nonetheless, the ladies and I split, half of us went to the reserved table and the other half gathered at the bar area making our own dinner table. I sat at the bar area. The night was going well, the bartender, Christopher, was gracious enough to be our waiter, making sure we were comfortable. Even the manager (I presume), Daniel, came around and made sure we were enjoying ourselves. We ate, we chatted, I did not do the 4 course menu for Restaurant Week, I played it simple and had the Lobster Bisque and the Small Bacon Wrapped Potato appetizer. It was really good. The night ended and I said my goodbyes and went over the the reserved table to bid adieu as well.
BUT, shortly after I arrived home, I received a text message from my friend stating that the ladies at the reserved table had an issue with the manager and were threatened with law enforcement. Apparently there is a "Reservation Policy" which states that the restaurant will not split checks for a reserved table....WTF?????? This policy was not mentioned when the reservation was made, PLUS it would have been common decency or might I say PROFESSIONAL to mention this to the ladies before they ordered their meals. When the ladies started to question the policy, the manager (they did not mention his name, so I am not sure if it was Daniel) was loud, rude, and threatened to call the police on them. Okay, I may not be a professional in restaurant services, but how uncomfortable is it to know that a manger is arguing with a group of women who did not know the "No Check Splitting Policy", whom did not have any problems all night and up until that moment, were enjoying the experience. So were the checks split? No, it took a lengthy time because the check had to be paid one by one and calculated as if they were split checks. So which process would have been easier????
Now, let me say this, the MsIndependent is a large group of over 2000 women in the Houston and surrounding areas and we do many outings at restaurants and other businesses. We like to target new and/or small establishments to help the businesses gain recognition and to of course for the ladies to have a good time. Our group will NOT be going back to Mr. Peeples.