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Why? - The Bibliophile
Too busy reading most likely ...
My niece is passing through town today so I'm meeting her for brunch/lunch during her three-hour window between bus and plane. Looking up which restaurants are open today in the most convenient neighbourhood and have run into an interesting phenomenon on their various listings/websites. Let me throw this open to you folks 'cause I know you're all reasonably intelligent lifeforms, even first thing in the morning: If you were running a business and promoting it both via community listing and your own website, wouldn't you have your operating hours up front somewhere? Like, say, right under your address? Apparently this is unfashionable at the moment ... addresses are usually easily visible while hours are scandalous or shameful and must be hunted for. "Hours" links are also unfashionable ... I'm finding some under "reservations", some under "contact us", some under "events", some under "about us". And a few for which the hours must be top-secret 'cause they aren't listed anywhere that I can find.

And it does matter ... this is a neighbourhood where some places open for breakfast/brunch/lunch, some only open late afternoon for dinner, and some aren't open on Sundays, and there's no point in us heading for somewhere that ain't gonna feed us. (have noted ten definitely-opens within a couple of blocks of the train station and I know there are more that weren't listed so the getting-food side isn't an issue; I just find it terribly strange to not mention when a place is/isn't open)
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libwitch From: libwitch Date: 11th August 2014 01:35 (UTC) (Other places)
I have noticed that too - and it is particularly annoying because it is not uncommon for places to be closed Sun/Mon so you always have to check. Facebook seems to have helped a little bit -- it seems like if they have even a minimal FB presence, they *have* to list hours.
jlsjlsjls From: jlsjlsjls Date: 11th August 2014 02:40 (UTC) (Other places)
Ah, but that would require me voluntarily touching Facebook ... ;p Thing is, the majority of the restaurants have their own webpages so whether their open dates/times are listed is presumably entirely within their control.

And yeah, lots of Sunday/Monday closures of small businesses here as well. If it hadn't been for the limited time window of the visit coupled with it being Sunday I wouldn't have sweated the hours thing because in that part of town half the businesses are restaurants ... we simply didn't have the time to spend doing the wandering-every-street-to-see-whose-open routine. We ended up here and it was extremely yummy and our waiter was a Paul Bellini soundalike and we shared much giggling trying to figure out how to eat stalks of arugala in a semi-civilized manner.
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