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Shoulda called ahead

An old ad campaign that ran decades ago for the Yellow Pages was “Shoulda Called Ahead.” It featured customers arriving at their favorite restaurant or store only to find it closed. The staying power of the Yellow Pages is long gone but the phrase “shoulda called ahead” couldn’t ring more true in today’s times. Examples of local restaurants that were once mainstays for the lunch crowd and are no longer offering lunch include Beverly Hills Grill in Beverly Hills, as well as Streetside Seafood and Joe’s Bistro in Birmingham. You may also discover some restaurants are only open for dinner from Thursday to Saturday, rather than nightly. This situation is forever evolving – just when you think you know the new hours, it might change again due to lack of staffing, supply chain or other obstacles.


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