Pretty soon, our neighbor’s “staff” — three or four women in their early 20s — came in from San Pablo Avenue to join him for a dinner break. “I have male strippers, too,” he said.” Paolo Lucchesi: “I once went to lunch with a girl and she ordered wheat toast with mayonnaise.” Mourad Lahlou, chef-owner of Aziza and Mourad: “(One) time the power went off in the Richmond District around 7ish, and we served the whole night using candlelight.
“I run an adult entertainment business in Hayward, so if you ever need strippers for a party, just give me a call,” he told us.Franck Le Clerc, owner of Gitane, Gaspar and Cafe Claude: “A few years ago on Valentine’s Day, one of our guests came to Cafe Claude early in the morning with an engagement ring (4 carat) and asked us to put it in our flourless chocolate cake dessert at the bottom of the cup.Later that evening, the guest and his date joined us for dinner, which happened to be during one of the busiest times that night at the restaurant.For example, when one Washington restaurant owner redesigned the space, he got rid of booths and replaced them with tables for two.At another restaurant, he added some two-seat nooks in the bar area so that couples don't end up sitting for hours at a table. Staff has to linger when customers on dates overstay their welcome.
"We've been closed for an hour sometimes," one general manager told Ramanathan, "and they're still sitting there.