covid era restaurant experience

My usual disclaimer is that covid isn’t over but even us covid-cowardly introverts are slowly working our way back into public life. I am still not ready for jam-packed restaurants at high traffic times but I do manage to get out at least a bit.

This pic of our beloved (but expensive) Earle restaurant serves two purposes. One is just to show how empty it is. This restaurant is a basement venue, lined with bricks and corks and exposed plumbing here and there, nicely painted up. There is live music in a quiet, jazzy type way. I forgot what the other purpose was. I guess it was just that it is a beautiful space.

I took this pic is as we were leaving our (wine cork-lined) booth after a recent dinner there. It was a Tuesday night and pretty quiet for the duration. I’m not sure there was *anyone* besides us around at this time which is just as we were leaving.

We’d had snow that morning. Being a moom, I was worried about my more than capable adult daughter driving back from a conference an hour or so away. By the time she had to drive, the snow had quit and it was all melting. Driving downtown here was a piece of cake but there was a lot of water running around down there and we had to cross a “moat” to get to and from the restaurant. We won’t talk about our companions, who left an important tool for exiting the parking lot in the restaurant and had to RE-cross the moat to get back to the restaurant to retrieve it, not to mention jump through a whole other bunch of hoops.

Such is winter in the Great Lake State although it was something like 47 this afternoon…

One Response to “covid era restaurant experience”

  1. Margaret Says:

    I’m with you on the uncrowded restaurants and not very frequently at that. Our temperatures are about the same as yours, but no snow and not much rain either.