It was the rage in the restaurant business up here in Vermont in the 1980’s… all you can eat of something… we had all you can eat salad bar all of the time… Thursday nights was our Fish Fry… Weekends was our Roast Beef Bar… people loved it… all kinds of regulars… like the couple who came every Thursday night. It was not too long before they could no longer fit in our booths. We sat them at a table. It was not too long before they were so large that they made it difficult for guests to walk down the aisle between the tables and the booths.
I said: “Lord, what am I doing to these people”…. they came and ate… and ate… and ate… then ate some more.
Then there was the little old lady who came regularly. My waitress came to me as she was making her 4th trip to the Beef Bar… She said: “Phil… I think you should watch this.” A slice of beef was cut from the roast for her…. She went back to her table… Looked around… took one of our napkins… took the slice of beef, put it in the napkin and put the napkin into her purse…
I said: “Lord, what am I doing to these people”
The final straw was 2 weightlifters who came in and announced that they had a weight lifting contest next morning, so they came in to eat our roast beef… all of it… and just laughed and laughed… and they did … eat our roast beef… all of it.
That was end of the all you can eat period at T. Calico’s Restaurant.
You will never guess what replaced it…