As the Patriots played their 10 home games, the Davio's team led by general manager Paul Flaherty learned a thing or two about some fans and their sporting caps: they aren't soon parted.
asks them to remove their hats as it is part of their dress code.
Most do it willingly.
But a few don't, and they are belligerent.
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.
At that point I think I would have asked the man to get his
mother on the phone to settle things, but Flaherty
is far more diplomatic.
Eventually the man relented.
At some point here, Davio's owner Steve DiFillippo saw the unhappy, hatless man and asked Flaherty what the problem was.
The very concept of having such an unhappy guest made Flaherty
and DiFillippo reconsider the hat policy.
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.
For the record, 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.