I had dinner with my dad tonight.

“Where do you want to go for dinner, dad?”

“How about HopLi Chinese restaurant?” Sure.

We walk into the restaurant and the receptionist and waiters/waitresses all greet him.

“Hey, Mr. Leung. You’re back again. That’s two days in a row.”

“Dad, you were here last night for dinner and you wanted to come again? Are you sure you don’t want to go somewhere else?

I found out why he likes HopLi’s:

  • They don’t charge us for rice, retail value ~$4
  • They gave us complimentary custard for dessert, retail value ~$8
  • They gave him an extra quart of rice to take home, retail value ~$3
  • Each of the waiters and waitresses all come by to chat, talk about their kids, and treat him like an old friend.
  • They all speak his native Cantonese.
  • When he asked for a container to take the custard home, they told him to take the bowl and just bring it back next time.
  • Any time he goes to HopLi’s he can get a table right away, no matter how crowded it is.

Just like in Cheers, “sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name.” Priceless.

One Response to “Where everybody knows your name”

  1. Stuff That Matters In Life » Blog Archive » My dad’s 86th birthday Says:

    [...] But now as an adult, I am appreciating him as a caring father, who continues to put himself out for his family. He even paid for his own birthday dinner that we had for him (at his favorite HopLi restaurant)! [...]

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