put down the fork

Milling about is the natural reaction. (NBC Charlotte)

Restaurant To Customers: Sorry To Interrupt Dinner, But We’re Closing Forever… Starting Now

Customers are surely used to hearing “you don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here,” but those customers are usually nursing their 11th beer at bar closing time, not in the middle of an evening meal. Diners at a Charlotte, N.C. restaurant were surprised to hear that not only would they have to leave because the joint was closing for the night — but forever. [More]