There’s a Chill in the Air…
…and it’s not just outside. Have you noticed that a lot of the smaller restaurants, cafes, and bistros are not well equipped for winter weather?
It began back in November, before there was any snow on the ground or below freezing temps. We had dinner on a rather brisk fall evening at Tiffin in Bryn Mawr. Seated right in front of the door, we had to keep our coats on for the entire meal (not that was anywhere else to put them anyway). With no vestibule, or double entry door, or even a heavy curtain around the doorway as some restaurants have found to be a viable solution, cold air rushes straight into the dining room every time the door opens.
The manager at Tiffin felt awful and couldn’t be more apologetic. He even gave us a samosa appetizer on the house. We haven’t been back yet, and I wonder if they have done something to rectify the problem.
These small restaurants were all crowded each time we visited, so I guess they’re trying to utilize as much space as possible. But they should probably consider an alternative plan in winter to keep the cold air from freezing customers out.