So by now you are wondering what or where is Jack Astor's? Maybe not, but I will tell you anyway. I believe it is a chain of licensed venues in Canada or perhaps only Toronto or even the province of Ontario. One was adjacent to our hotel in Toronto and we dined there our first night in Toronto. It was very pleasant and the temperature in the evening had dropped to a very comfortable level for outdoor dining. The food was fine and it was not an expensive place.
From memory the only two criticisms I had was the music was too loud (old man complaining about modern loud music) and the female service a bit cloying, no doubt hoping for a good tip. Here are some tips to get a good tip.
Recognise your patrons. Two older gay men are not interested in flirting with a female waiter. Maybe I should qualify that as perhaps two older gay men might not mind a flirty male waiter.
Harder for female waiters to groom us for tipping, but should one of them be intuitive, something along the lines of, "I've been on my feet for eight effing hours and believe me, there has not been one hot guy to serve and no matter how much cleavage I expose, the tips have been lousy and now I get stuck with two old queens with weird accents and from god knows where. Are you from England? I don't care really, I am just trying to be polite. You are Australian? No hope of a decent tip then. Eff this". That would have ensured a decent tip.
Contrast that to the older gay male bar person at Heartland Brewery at the Port Authority in New York who was almost flirtatious, tended to us with dedication, and presented us with two emblazoned shot glasses when we paid the bill.
When I wrote my Canada blog posts, I did mention Jack Astor's. I am guessing its promotion arm has picked that up and read no further, not realising we are far from being locals, hence the email. While there is a place for Jack Astor's in the world, should I visit Toronto again, I would seek out smaller and more local places to dine.
A bit off topic but one of our local satirical tv shows used to use the line, What would Putin do? that is the Russian President, when faced with a problem. This series they are saying, What would Justin do? Oh Jussy, what would you do? I have just earnt myself more penance and have to read even more about Canadian politics because I have shallowedly referred to Jussy.