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What’s your worst restaurant line pet peeve?

01/13/2014 3:15 PM

01/13/2014 4:56 PM

I have a thing about lines at restaurants.

I don’t mind waiting — a little bit — but I get frustrated when lines are not well thought out, are not well orchestrated or, worst of all, when people in those lines lack common sense or common courtesy.

The idea of lines came flooding back to me recently when I chatted with the owners of Mother, the soon-to-be super-hot new restaurant on K Street downtown. For those not following along, Mother will be vegetarian and will be led by chef Michael Thiemann and his wife, Lisa.

Mother will also have a line (you’ll order at the counter), and if my guess is correct, a long line. Long lines take some guidance, if not policing, because some people in those lines are idiots. Others are rude. The rest of us suffer.

In 2002, I wrote about the science of lines in a feature story. We’ve put a link at the end of this piece, if you’re interested in exploring the topic further. Among other things you’ll find in that story, we spend three years of our lives waiting in lines.

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