What was billed as the opening of the patio at the restaurant turned into an intimate and informative diner with general manager Paul Flaherty.
So as the Patriots played their 10 home games starting in August last year and that was a new experience for Flaherty and the Davio's team.
asks them to remove their hats as it is part of their dress code.
Most do it willingly.
A few don't.
One man told him that if he
could give him one good reason why he
tried to keep things light and said that his
cap clashed with the color of Davio's tablecloths.
"Not good enough," the man said.
I wish it were hard to believe such impolite defiance but that's the way some people are today.
insisted and the diner relented.
At some point here, Davio's owner Steve DiFillippo saw the man and asked Flaherty
was so unhappy.
The very concept of having an unhappy diner made Flaherty
and DiFillippo reconsider.
People are supposed to be happy and have fun when they are at Davio's
So they changed the rule for Patriot game days.
But that doesn't mean others don't push.
said one night he
had a diner eating with his
wife and wearing a hat.
asked him to remove his
hat in the dining room.
complained that he'd have "hat hair" and didn't want to comply.
The disgruntled patron then added "You wouldn't make a football player take off his
hat," at which point Flaherty
pointed out Patriot Matt Light sitting at a corner table with his
cap hung off his
knee under the table.
Light didn't have to be asked to remove his
Beyond the hat issue, Flaherty
talked about the chaos that happens when more than 300 seats are filled for a meal before a game and then all empty at the same time.
By the way, for all the football players (and baseball guys including Nomar Garciaparra) who have dined at Davio's
has yet to serve the Patriot's golden boy Tom Brady.