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    Posted: 12/November/2017 at 08:36
Arrived yesterday to lovely sunshine - great.
Out in the evening to find that two of our destinations (The Intermarche, and The Brothers Bar, both on Estrada das Acoteias) are closed as they are undergoing refurbishment. Both places are always busy in season and out, so hoping that the changes will be of benefit. Not sure about the changes being made to the Brother’s though, as the lovely sunny patio appears to be being covered in part.
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It seems to be the fashion round here with bars & restaurants to cover patio's and terraces with a glass structure. Several have been done the last 2 or 3 years.
In most cases there seems little point as most people want to eat/drink outside and most of the places that have had it done close in the winter.
It's probably some sort of tax dodge - better to spend the money on tax deductible "improvements" rather than give it to the government.

As for Intermarche, when they took the store over from Alisuper they partitioned half the store off so it's currently only 50% the size it was. There have been rumours that now they've had a busy summer, and the Pine Cliffs are building 87 new apartments just across the road, they'll open up the unused space & return the store to it's full size.
No opening date on the door but they did put up Christmas lights outside yesterday so looks like they're planning to reopen soon.
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Saw yesterday that the Christmas lights are being put up in the Intermarche, and peering through the window, the main area looks much longer.
The Brother’s Bar has now reopened, and has finally become a non smoking bar. The glass structure is there for the smokers who are clearly not happy, and have been sitting out there for the last three nights as if in a den. They seem to be making some kind of stance, rather than taking the sensible option of drinking and watching TV in the bar, then just going outside for a cigarette. The downside for everyone else is that the patio has been reduced by a third, so that when the holidaymakers come across in their hoards from the Pine Cliffs during the season, there will be nowhere for most of them to sit (unless they want to join the smokers in the outhouse) - 😜 Crazy!!
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So it's a smoking shelter then.
It begs the question of what exactly are they going to be sheltering from? Confused
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Sheltering from nothing last night Dicey, as it appears that sense has prevailed after three evenings of sitting in the ‘Caixote’ as one disgruntled punter referred to it as on Wednesday. All were sitting inside watching the football, and guess what? They were going outside the door for a smoke.
What a total waste of money, in more ways than one, as when the patio is full, folks will head off elsewhere to find somewhere to drink outside and profits will drop.
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