In my past six blog posts I’ve written about how we spent our Thanksgiving holiday. On Wednesday we visited Brandywine Park and zoo in Wilmington, DE. On Thanksgiving Day we visited Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA, where we enjoyed the sights of “A Longwood Christmas”. We ate Thanksgiving Day dinner at the Concordville Inn Restaurant in Concordville, PA.
Thanksgiving dinner turned out to be a nice affair. We had our concerns at first. We had dinner reservations for 6:00 PM. We only had to walk across the parking lot from our hotel to the Concordville Inn Restaurant. We approached the restaurant at the closest access. Entering the restaurant, we were told politely that this particular entrance was not for the Thanksgiving dinner buffet. We were directed to a side door.
We arrived about 10 minutes early for our reservation. There was a long line. I ascertained that the people in front of us had 6:00 PM dinner reservations as well. After a few minutes we learned that the line that we were in was the paying line. We had to pay for our dinner, including an 18% gratuity, BEFORE being seated! We waited in the paying line for about 15-20 minutes. While in line we noticed two parties were seated immediately, ahead of others that had been there first. We learned later that there was a party in the “staging area” that had 5:00 PM dinner reservations and had not yet been seated!
When we reached the cashier, there was no record of our reservation. I had made our dinner reservation on line via the restaurant’s website. Apparently, there were two meals being served that day at the restaurant — an a-la-carte dinner and the Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet. I was only aware of the Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet when I made our dinner reservations. When I explained to the cashier that I had made our dinner reservation on line, she informed us that we were supposed to use the other entrance. We explained that we attempted to enter via that entrance but were directed to this entrance. The cashier then placed us on the 6:00 PM reservation list. We paid for our meals and entered the staging area, where we waited for an available table.
While in the staging area we noticed parties who had come in after us were being seated ahead of us. At the same time that we noticed that larger parties were being seated ahead of us, another couple made the same observation. We quickly decided to join forces and create a party of four. We informed the cashier of our decision. Immediately, a table became available. The couple that we joined forces with was Irene and Paul, who lived nearby. The food was bountiful and delicious. I am happy that we shared the evening with Irene and Paul. We didn’t exchange email addresses. That’s sad because it would have been nice to keep in touch with them.