One night this month, I arrived at a restaurant in Milton at 8:55 p.m. I was told the restaurant closed at 8:45, but I was welcomed anyway.
(Note: I don't think I got special favor. My steak tasted sour, and I woke up sick. Other diners came in after me.)
This weekend, I sat down at a Tacoma hot dog bar at 8:55 p.m. The business hours posted on the door said the place stays open until 11 p.m. However, the "kitchen" -- steam tables and bun warmers, really -- closed at 9. I only had time for one round of dogs.
Restaurants commonly tell customers "We're open until ..." "but we stop serving at..."
I understand labor costs. I understand the need for staff to lock the door and rush off to last call themselves.
But please don't close up on customers' time. If the sign on your door says you're open until 11, please accept our business until then.