LIMA — The dinner crowd comes out in full force to Casa Lu Al in Lima on weekday afternoons.
The restaurant gets busy around 5 p.m. and stays busy until around 9 p.m., said co-owner Tony Venturella.
Before the crowd comes, a few early diners can be found at tables or at the bar in the bar area. Quiet chatter wafts around the room, and a relaxing atmosphere is apparent.
The waitstaff filters in, clocking in before putting their belongings down and getting to work.
One waitress walks up to a man at the bar, greets him by name and gets him a beer.
Another employee sorts silverware, and, for a while, the restaurant is relatively quiet.
Soon, people start coming in the double doors, and the dining room starts to fill, with people and a hum of chatter.
It’s the start of the dinner rush.
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