The restaurant chain Brio recently opened here in Annapolis, and I guess the hype over it hasn’t died down yet. Or perhaps the long list of happy hour ‘Tuscan Tasters’ for $2.95 has something to do with it. Last night I met two of my favorite people there, and arrived to find every seat in the bar and patio taken. While weaving between tables in hopes something would open up, a man in a smart red sweater approached us.
“What the hell is going on here?” he joked of our hunt before rushing off to find us somewhere to sit. It turns out he – I’m pretty sure his name is Dave – works there and for some reason, sympathized with our wait. Next thing you know, we were perched on three enormous leather armchairs in Brio’s lobby area with a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc and appetizers galore. It was a wonderful evening, complete with savory Italian food (the spicy shrimp and eggplant was amaaaaazing – who would have thought?) and true VIP treatment. Thank you Dave in the red sweater!