All I know is their lamb kebabs are the best in town…

A party gone awry (Mary Vuong, Houston Chronicle)

Luanne Novak says her daughter and 16 teenage friends went to Mary’z Mediterranean Cuisine to celebrate her daughter’s 18th birthday.

A party gone awry

“After placing their orders, the waitress came back and told them that, because it was such a large group, each person had to order at least $10 worth of food,” Novak says. “They were not told this when they made reservations (or) when they first ordered. At this point, with everyone there and having ordered, and it being a Saturday night, they didn’t want to leave and try to find some other place, so they ordered more food, and ended up with much more than they needed or wanted.”

Manager Jimy Fakhoury remembers the incident. He wouldn’t have minded had it been a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, he says, but the large group took up six tables

5 comments On All I know is their lamb kebabs are the best in town…

  • Maybe they should’ve just taken over a Starbucks or a McDonalds.

    I can’t imagine a group taking over a tiny restaurant on a Saturday night, not spending money, while others wait, and expecting that to be ok.

    It really is the best lamb kabob in town. And the hummus, green beans, and cabbage salad ain’t bad either.

  • ** I can’t imagine a group taking over a tiny restaurant on a Saturday night, not spending money, while others wait, and expecting that to be ok. **

    Really? In Houston, where we seem to have a higher density of rude, self-centered, inconsiderate people in public places than I’ve run across just about anywhere we travel?

    Not only can I believe it, but I’m hardly surprised that one of those sorts of people wrote to the local newspaper claiming that SHE was somehow the victim of rude/inconsiderate behavior.

  • My family used to eat at Sammy’s frequently. We were skeptical when Mary’z took over, but we were pleasantly surprised at the service and quality of food. Like you, I like to reward businesses that act like they give a damn. My wife manages a customer service department, so we’re very aware of this issue, especially when customers take advantage of businesses like Mary’z that do treat their customers the right way.

  • Nothing surprises me any more.

    Sunday Linda and I went out for oysters, crawfish, beer and bloody Mary’s at a local place and there was a group taking up valuable bar space cursing every other word loudly and basically tying up the bartender for almost the whole evening.

    Then they became "angry" drunks and started questioning all of the other patrons at the bar…..sheesh.

  • I’ll never cease to be amazed at the way people act in restaurants. It’s as if they’ve completely forgotten that they’re in public and instead act as if they’re in their own living rooms. Talking loudly on cell phones, letting children run all over the place or scream their heads off, treating the waitstaff like maids or indentured servants, leaving empty chairs pulled out in the middle of an aisle and giving you a rude look when you move it slightly to get by, two people occupying a valuable four-top on a busy day/night with nothing but iced teas….etc, etc. God, I’m so glad that I don’t work in the restaurant industry anymore…

    This woman should be ashamed of herself for having the gall to think that <i>she’s</i> the one who was treated poorly that night. But, since she clearly doesn’t even have the self-awareness to realize that taking up half a busy restaurant with loud 16-year-olds that ordered nothing but Cokes is very rude, then I expect she’ll probably apply that same victim/entitlement mentality to every other situation, too. She sounds like a real gem.

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