Come inside Madame

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Dear Hillary,

I have noticed that every time you walk near an up-market restaurant some young person tries to drag you inside. Surely this cannot be good for business as I find it turns me off the place, rather than make me want to eat there. Why do they do this, as surely they would be better off serving at the tables inside the restaurant? Can you tell me why?

Toothsome Terri

Dear Toothsome Terri,

These young people are called “Greeters” in the trade, and their job is just as you said: to entice people inside. Just take it all in your stride Terri and go and eat at the places you want to go to. Check Miss Terry Diner’s Dining Out column each week for different places to go.