Chron roving videographer Jason Witmer unearths the catalyst of the strip-center parking-cone epidemic: It’s those valet addicts.
“Even if it’s right in front on a Sunday and you’re the first person here,” says Antonio Gianola of Washington Avenue’s Catalan Food and Wine, “some people — when they realize there’s no valet — decide they’d rather leave.”
Apparently, it’s not too hard to find one of these “customers”: “I have gone and talked to the manager, and said, y’all need valet,” Cathy Mayfield says on camera.
Cathy Mayfield says she just likes the convenience. She doesn’t even look to see if there are parking spaces nearby: “I’m willing to pay a little bit of money not to have to be driving around looking for a parking spot.”
Others say it doesn’t make any sense that spots right in front of the restaurant are blocked off for valet.
- Is valet parking a must? [Houston Chronicle]
Video: Jason Witmer