How long should you wait at a restaurant before leaving?

Earlier tonight, I stopped at Yama Sushi in Dallas for a late dinner.  I went to the izakaya on the recommendation of a friend who lives in Plano.  I only had two goals:  1) feed my son 2) have some sushi.

The izakaya is located in a strip mall, right off of US 75.

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The first thing that I noticed when I entered the izakaya was the size…and the gross ceiling tiles.

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Another thing that I noticed was that there was not a hostess. Instead, I found this list…

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I put my name on the list and began to wait and wait and wait.  Many customers left, but after 30 minutes, I was still two down on the list.  I was triggered by this point and made the decision to leave.

I am very disappointed that a restaurant would not have a hostess or at the very least, someone keeping customers updated on wait times.  Per my calculation, there were two waitresses for approximately 48 customers. What?!  It will be a tough sell to get me to visit this place again. 🙅🏾‍♂️

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