I hope everyone got to live it up this weekend because the weather was GORGEOUS.

I hit up Bar A for the first official Miller Lite Grotto Beach Bash of the Summer, spent hours at the beach and even got to enjoy a lovely dinner at the Crabs Claw Inn in Lavallette with my Mom and sister.

Now let me preface this story by saying that I am a huge Crabs Claw fan and the events I am about to explain are not at the fault of the restaurant.

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Upon arrival, the hostess told us it would be a 45 minute wait but to please, "not be furious if it is a little more or less than this estimation."

My family and I said: "Oh my gosh, of course!"

We took a seat outside, enjoyed multiple rounds of fresh mojitos while sitting outside waiting and even got to enjoy some live entertainment. (The guy is known as NGXB is and this guy can play piano like I've never seen)

The total wait was about an hour and 20 minutes. We had rum. It was fine.

When we sat down at our table, the restaurant was jumping!

Our server was clearly running around like a chicken with its head cut off. She was running here and then running there and then did a 360 to get this table their check...it was madness.

When we went to order, everything we wanted had already run out: fried calamari, lobster bisque, lobster and steamers.


But really, it was okay. We were disappointed but then regrouped, ate our tushies off and the food was still delicious.

When I went to the bathroom, I had a bit of an "AH HAAA!!" moment because this is what I saw:


This message proves that management is well aware of the issues and they are trying to let customers know that this is not their typical level of expectations for customer service.

Staff shortages mean you have to deal with the people on-hand that you have - whether it is two or twelve.

With less people, less things can be getting done at once.

Not to mention, the pandemic is still interfering with restaurants getting the food and supplies they need to be properly stocked.

So is the face mandate lifted? Yes. Is the indoor capacity limit gone? Also yes.

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But you and I both know that the side effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic are still very much alive and it will take a few months at least for things to start functioning as they previously were.

Moral of the story: PLEASE remain patient whenever you go out. This applies if you are going to any grocery store, any retailer, any restaurant, any bar etc.

As the unemployment payments return back to normal, people will return back to work which means that the entire world can start to go round at the same speed as we were used to.

We'll get there.

But until then...patience is a virtue.

Thanks all in advance!\


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