I knew as soon as I got to dinner on Saturday night that there was no way I was going to walk out of there without any material for episode No. 69 of The Brilliantly Dumb Show. From the waiver that needed to be signed in order to get into Craig’s,one of the most well-known restaurants in Los Angeles, to the thermometer the hostess stuck on my head, I knew I was in for a long night. But not just a long night, this is the sign of what’s to come for the restaurant industry and nightlife as we know it.
First things first, it may not be such a good idea to ask the waitress for the specials of the night when she has a double layer of masks over her mouth. She had one mask which sat behind what looked to be a firefighter type of mask around her face. The good news was that if the place just so happened to go up in flames our server looked beyond ready for it. Craig’s, which is normally fully booked every night, was running at 50% occupancy which is weird in itself, but nothing felt more bizarre than having to wear my mask in between dishes as it was our waitress’s preference. I felt like a free safety keeping an eye down the entire restaurant to make sure my waitress didn’t see me without a mask when she was nearby.
Maybe Karen the waitress was a little extreme and over the top here but regardless we are in it for the long haul folks, this is a sign of things to come. It felt good to get back out into the world of dining although I can only hope for those of you reading this right now, you don’t run into a Karen.