There is a "BBQ" joint in Sunnyvale, Kal's BBQ with posted closing hours of 9 PM... but by 8 they always close, and they have kicked me and a date out at about 8 as well.
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7,114 hits 1.6 (10 votes) Share Favorite | Flag 8 years ago by Electric

Except for emergencies, is it acceptable for a restaurant to close prior to their posted closing hours?
There is a "BBQ" joint in Sunnyvale, Kal's BBQ with posted closing hours of 9 PM... but by 8 they always close, and they have kicked me and a date out at about 8 as well.


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8 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Saturday 12/14/13 - 1:48:46 PM EST (GMT-5)
it's not uncommon for restaurants to close earlier if there are no customers for a while, but they should stick to their business hours.
8 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Saturday 12/14/13 - 1:59:10 PM EST (GMT-5)
It is. If you get people showing up too close to close, you'll wind up losing your ass in expenses.
8 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Saturday 12/14/13 - 6:30:52 PM EST (GMT-5)
They can open and close whenever they want. There's a pizza place here that opens half an hour before their ovens heat up, so they can't sell anything for half an hour after they open.
8 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Saturday 12/14/13 - 6:43:33 PM EST (GMT-5)
Why don't they just start heating the oven half an hour before they open?
8 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Saturday 12/14/13 - 6:54:46 PM EST (GMT-5)
Nobody knows.
8 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Sunday 12/15/13 - 12:58:53 AM EST (GMT-5)
sounds to me like the owner is cheap or something.
8 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 12/16/13 - 6:19:44 AM EST (GMT-5)
Most restaurant around here have "open 6pm til late" that way they can close early if they don't have any or only a few customers.
8 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 12/16/13 - 9:50:59 AM EST (GMT-5)
While I've known some restaurants to start cleaning up around the stragglers to passively encourage them to leave, I have not known any to actually kick anyone out to close early.

8 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 12/16/13 - 9:56:08 AM EST (GMT-5)
What I always took to mean 'closing time' was 'This is the time by which everyone should have stopped eating, paid and gone home'.

So I think it's perfectly acceptable to deny entry to those twats who turn up half an hour before closing.

And if you haven't finished eating by closing time, eat quicker.
8 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 12/16/13 - 11:28:01 AM EST (GMT-5)
Lots of restaurants close their kitchen an hour before closing time.
8 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 12/16/13 - 11:29:57 AM EST (GMT-5)
I think it is perfectly acceptable for them to close whenever they want. I think it is also perfectly acceptable for you decide to not go there again if you were asked to leave early or not bother heading out that way if it might be close to their posted closing time.

It is altogether likely that the owner/manager has no idea their staff is regularly closing an hour early. He's the guy that gets to decide whether they are losing too much by staying open later (he may be wanting to build a later night crowd, which may be a loser at the beginning) , not the shift workers who want to go home early.

In the end, I think a consumer has the rightful expectation that a business will be open during its posted hours.
8 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 12/16/13 - 8:01:38 PM EST (GMT-5)
This is one of my pet peeves. I feel that any business should stay open up to their posted closing hours. The information should be made available to the customer so they can make appropriate choices.

We rarely plan our meals ahead of time and on the weekend we eat at restaurants because we are out and about. So we decided on TGI Fridays. I looked at my iPad, at THEIR website and it showed they closed at 1AM. Great. It is 11:30PM and we have time to stop by the Kroger to buy the Fridays gift card (so we can get gas points). That took ten minutes then we get to the TGI Friday at just about midnight only to be told we are welcome to sit at the bar and eat appetizers. The kitchen closes at midnight. But we could not order a real meal, an entree. It was inconvenient and stupid. Their website should have clearly listed this policy.

Hello Applebees.
8 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Tuesday 12/17/13 - 9:54:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
I work at a restaurant and we will never close before the posted times. If you walk in one minute before we close we will take you. I hate it, and it probably doesnt help the boss any because he then has to pay all these people in the restaurant to stay longer (server, dish washer, cook) and then for the hydro to stay on too. However it's not very professional to close before.
8 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Tuesday 12/17/13 - 11:44:30 PM EST (GMT-5)
I thought the only people who eat at Applebees were soccer moms looking to get drunk.
8 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Wednesday 1/1/14 - 11:32:15 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Tuesday 12/17/13 - 11:44:30 PM griffin_wf wrote:
I thought the only people who eat at Applebees were soccer moms looking to get drunk.

I'll agree if you stipulate that the women in question are thinking of themselves as a glass of water.
8 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Thursday 1/2/14 - 12:09:23 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 12/16/13 - 9:56:08 AM Ongooshk wrote:
What I always took to mean 'closing time' was 'This is the time by which everyone should have stopped eating, paid and gone home'.

But since there will ALWAYS be jackasses who come in 20 minutes before close and expect to be seated, waited on, order meals, eat dinner, order dessert, and all that jazz, I've wondered why restaurants don't just list a closing time of an hour EARLIER than they actually intend to close. Or call it a "Doors close at 8 PM" thing.

So, nobody is allowed in after 8 PM, but anyone who is already in there can stay until 9 or whenever their REAL closing time is.
8 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Thursday 1/2/14 - 2:18:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
I don't think it's acceptable for a restaurant to kick people out before their listed closing time, but I think it's perfectly acceptable to shut their doors to new people coming in.

When you go out to eat, you aren't just paying for the food. You're paying for the service, and the environment. If a restaurant listed their closing time at eight o'clock, I came in at 6:30, and then was asked to leave at 7:15, I would refuse to pay the full amount for my meal because I think an hour and a half is a perfectly reasonable amount of time you can expect to stay in a resturaunt, and by denying me it they'd be denying me part of the services I'd be paying for.

But to stop new people from coming in is totally fine.
8 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 1/3/14 - 12:20:22 AM EST (GMT-5)
We did have to go to a restaurant late once (long story). We went to Longhorn Steakhouse. I didn't want to go because it was within half an hour of them closing and when I worked retail, I hated the last minute customers who kept me from going home on time.

I told the waiter that I did not feel comfortable and that we would be quick (we gave our total order upfront and requested the check at that time) and he assured me that all the staff that was there at that time were paid to be on the clock an hour beyond closing.
8 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 1/3/14 - 5:07:53 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Friday 1/3/14 - 12:20:22 AM Damsel wrote:
he assured me that all the staff that was there at that time were paid to be on the clock an hour beyond closing.

According to friggin everyone on reddit who has worked in a restaurant, this is true. However, they just hate it for no reason. It's a case of "how dare you come to my place of work and make me do my job."
8 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 1/3/14 - 5:57:41 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Saturday 12/14/13 - 6:30:52 PM Mat wrote:
They can open and close whenever they want. There's a pizza place here that opens half an hour before their ovens heat up, so they can't sell anything for half an hour after they open.

On Saturday 12/14/13 - 6:43:33 PM Ongooshk wrote:
Why don't they just start heating the oven half an hour before they open?

On Saturday 12/14/13 - 6:54:46 PM Mat wrote:
Nobody knows.

i really enjoyed this
8 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Thursday 1/9/14 - 8:38:27 PM EST (GMT-5)
Wow, such a hard life you live (sarcasm)



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