Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Hooper: Restaurant service is declining, but some get it right

I asked my Facebook friends: Is it just me or does restaurant service seem to be declining?

While careful not to paint with too broad a brush, many agreed that remarkable service has become the exception. Too often, it's pedestrian, as if servers are going through the motions. "Can't wait to get off work," seems to be the mantra.

I tip well regardless, but I wonder if I'm sending the wrong message. Are owners failing to promote engaging service? Or do I need to be more appreciative and courteous in the beginning?

Maybe the solution is to laud those who get it right. Thanks to my Facebook crew, Ybor City's Carne Chophouse, Treasure Island's VIP Lounge & Mexican Restaurant and Clearwater's Pico Rojo earn shoutouts.

Owners take note — good service and word of mouth count. …

Word on the grapevine is Gov. Rick Scott will pen a book profiling significant Floridians, including hip-hop megastar Flo Rida. Can't you see Scott joining Flo Rida on the stage for a spiffy little version of Club Can't Handle Me? You go gov.

Bumper sticker seen on a Mini Cooper: Caution Maximum Capacity: 15 Clowns.

Stop by any Sweetbay through Sunday and buy a bag, brick or container of coffee that Wesley Chapel-based Support Our Troops will deliver to troops in remote areas. …

Kudos to the Florida Aquarium for netting close to $1 million for its Rising Tides capital campaign through the New Market Tax Credit initiative, a federal program. With the help of attorney Jim Lang, the aquarium brought home federal funds for a deserving project. It's important given Florida lags most states in using the program.

That's all I'm saying.

Hooper: Restaurant service is declining, but some get it right 06/30/13 [Last modified: Sunday, June 30, 2013 11:02pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Rays' Blake Snell erasing memories of his poor start

    The Heater

    NEW YORK — As Blake Snell strides up the mound at Yankee Stadium Tuesday night with an 10-game unbeaten streak, doesn't the miserable start to his sophomore season, when he was winless in eight starts and got demoted to Triple-A, seem like a long time ago?

    To him, too.

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell (4) in the dugout during the fourth inning of the game between the Chicago Cubs and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times

  2. St. Petersburg youth baseball concession stand vandalized

    Public Safety

    ST. PETERSBURG — The early-morning phone call warned Charles Castle, president of Burg Baseball, to "expect the worst.'' The organization's concession stand had been vandalized.

     Cliff Williams, Vice President of the Burg Baseball Inc., St. Petersburg, looks at a damaged and trashed concession stand at the Lakewood Baseball Complex, home of the Burg Baseball. According to Williams someone vandalized the concession stand either Saturday or Sunday. SCOTT KEELER   |   Times

  3. Tampa charter school teacher charged with firing handgun at ground


    TAMPA — A Tampa charter school teacher was arrested Sunday after she fired a gun into the ground during a dispute with her boyfriend, police said.

    Melody Patrice Bing, a teacher at the Village of Excellence Academy in Tampa, emerged from her home holding a weapon and dropped it when police confronted her at gunpoint. [Tampa Police Department]
  4. Tuesday's Nothing More concert moved from the State Theatre to Jannus Live in St. Petersburg


    Nothing More was one of the highlights of April's 98 Rockfest, a thoroughly entertaining rock outfit with a larger-than-live stage presence.

    Nothing More performed at 98 Rockfest 2017 in Tampa.
  5. Buccaneers-Vikings Turning Point, Week 3: Overreaction vs. reality


    "None of us really know how this group of 53 guys is going to come together and how we're going to play this season."

    Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs torched a porous Bucs secondary Sunday with eight catches for 173 yards and two touchdowns. [Getty Images]