Smokey’s

Raven and I were in the Northwoods of Wisconsin the past 2 nights we grilled brats 1 night (yes I was “cooking”) and the other night we went out to eat. I wanted to try a new restaurant called “Smokey’s” based on all these good reviews I’d read.

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We arrived around 4:30PM (hey, it’s northern Wisconsin) and the dining room was empty except for 2 parties. The host told us they were totally fully booked that night were not able to accommodate us. Then she said that we could sit at the bar, but that entrees were not available and we would have to order off their bar snacks menu.

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I let them know I work in the restaurant industry, and that if it would be possible for their kitchen, we would be happy to eat fast and “be out” by a ridiculously early time, say 5:45PM?

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I understand their reservation policy as a restaurant manager: they have prepped for a certain amount of guests and we should have made a reservation (I forget sometimes that reservations for 2 are available over the phone at some places in the world.) I also understand their bar policy is intended to build a separate bar business.

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What I don’t understand, is how they sent us back out the door before 5PM. So I said, “Let’s go somewhere that will serve us an entree.”

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