I don't mind circling the block looking for a parking space. I don't mind parking three blocks away from my dining destination either.
But I do mind when I see restaurant/bar employees and owners taking prime parking in front of those establishments (watch those personalized plates on the SUV, chef J). Lately, I've seen a pick-up truck belonging to a bartender parked in prime spots in front of two downtown pubs during business hours.
So I was happy to hear about Pacific Grill's new parking deal. Not only can customers get free validated parking at some lots near the downtown convention center, but Pacific Grill's staff can, too.
"My customers at the Beach House would tell us, 'We didn't stop the other night because the parking lot was so full,'" said Gordon Naccarato, chef and co-owner of Pacific Grill and the Beach House (now Margarita Beach Cafe). "It would be a night in winter and we were DEAD S-L-O-W. I realized it was all my staff parking in too close to the front door. So they are now supposed to park way past the end of the parking lot."
In case you missed Pacific Grill's free parking details, here's what Naccarato posted on Ed's Diner yesterday:
We have worked a deal for all Pacific Grill Customers. You are now able to Self-Park for *FREE* in the Convention Center Parking Lots Lunch or Dinner. Granted you have to walk a block or so depending in which lot you park A, B, D,or E. Bring your receipt from the Convention Center lot to Lunch or Dinner, we will give you a receipt, and your Parking is *FREE*.