Down the street from my house, there’s a place called Pete’s Cafe. Pete’s Cafe sits on the corner of Hoffman St. and Fordham Rd. It’s quite the popular spot for Fordham students who may be hungover on a Saturday or Sunday morning. During the school year, Pete’s is bustling with students who finally get an opportunity to eat a good breakfast, lunch, or dinner outside of the on-campus dining options. The establishment is family run and the staff seem to always have smiles on their faces. Pete’s is a particular special spot of mine because Joe, Liam and I had continuously gone there throughout the school year. It’s directly across the Fordham Foundry, that paired with its relatively cheap prices makes it a great spot to grab a bite. I go there a couple times a week during the summer, but now it’s a much quieter scene. Due to the majority of the student body not being on or around campus, Pete’s suffers greatly from the loss of customers. Every time I go in there, a few tables are occupied and it seems to just be people stopping in for a quick meal. When I go in I always try to talk to my friend Lupa who is a waitress there. She served Joe, Liam and I most of the time throughout the year and we’ve developed a pleasant relationship together. I talk with her sometimes before I leave for work, when I get home, or during the later hours of the night. She’s super friendly and is always welcoming of conversation. Today I realized that I tend to buy food there just to talk to Lupa or the staff. Obviously I enjoy the scrumptious food, however, recently I’ll just buy a bagel or muffin and sit at the bar making conversation. I find it really interesting how I’ve come to do this, it’s become something I value when I go there. I wonder how many stores, restaurants, or whatever, increase their customer volume due to just having a friendly staff. When I go to in to buy food, I’m not just getting the food, I’m getting conversation I enjoy in a place I care about.