Last night, a valet driver working in front of Little Next Door restaurant on West Third Street was transported to the hospital after being struck by a passing motorist. The driver also collided with one of the parked cars in front of the restaurant.
Management confirms that the unlucky man is recuperating at home today after being held overnight for observation. Witnesses of the unsettling event — including food and travel writer Jason Kessler of Fly & Dine — indicated that the valet was opening the door for a driver when he was struck along the busy street. The offending car apparently was close enough to the parked vehicle that they not only hit the valet, but the open door of the car as well; thankfully, they remained on site throughout the ordeal.
Speeding cars and an often clogged valet line have more often than not become par for the course along that stretch of West Third, which has a glut of restaurants, bars, and shops, but hurts for parking once the sun goes down and the surrounding neighborhood turns to permit parking only.
After a few harrowing minutes, the valet was transported via ambulance to a nearby hospital, and shaken up diners given the OK to continue with their meal out on the airy patio that overlooks the street, should they choose. Little Next Door declined to give the injured man’s name, only to say that he was a longtime loyal worker who had been with the company for more than 15 years, and that the restaurant is looking forward to welcoming him back once he’s able to return to work.