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. This behaviour seems to happen with many restaurants along Second Road and Beach Road, and even is now happening in Jomtien. Why do they do this, as surely they would be better off serving at the tables inside the restaurant? Can you tell me why, as nobody else seems to know the answer?
Dear Toothsome Tina,
These young people are called “Greeters” in the trade, and their job is just as you said, to entice people inside. Like all people in jobs anywhere, some are better at it than others. The good ones make you feel honoured that you have been “chosen” to come into their restaurant, while the not so good make you want to run away. Just take it all in your stride Tina and go and eat at the places you want to go to. With 300 restaurants in Pattaya, there’s enough to go round. Check Miss Terry Diner’s Dining Out column each week for different places to go.