We just returned from Cornwall. We went to Storm King, and as we've done over the past 15 years, headed to Painter's directly afterwards for their pile of nachos/veggies/cheeses/spices on a wooden plank. This year we were marking a year since my father passed away. He loved Painter's.. loved Cornwall. We almost moved into the bike shop on the main street when it was being sold back in the day. \r
Upon entering and noting that we are a party of 7 and would like to sit on the all but empty front porch, we were told that they ""no longer slide tables together"". We could sit out there, but would have to sit at different tables. What ensued was a ludicrous - ludicrous scene. Three hostesses and the manager all took a turn at turning our shock and disappointment against us in a passive aggressive, bordering on aggressive-defensive wave of negativity and stubbornness. The bottom line is that they were unwilling to let us sit out front together. It's simply their 'policy' not to move tables anymore. (We weren't allowed to move them ourselves). It smelled quite damp and musty inside.\r
We didn't stay. I'll savor the good memories I've had here, but the food last time tasted old, and they've now lost us all as patrons. I'm really sad about this. This was a favorite place of mine. In this recession, it's just shocking that a place as wonderful as this could treat their customers with such brazen indifference and a complete lack of compassion or flexibility.