Baydog, you were right on the money with your observation about putting on a brave face. I dropped by Joe Patti's again this morning before leaving to get a tee shirt and have a glass of that great raspberry tea. I asked the woman behind the counter about business. She said their season was lost, all workers had their hours cut, just surviving on local business and not the usual tourist season. What a shame.
I mistakenly saw seafood counters full of fresh fish, clams, oysters, crabs as a sign of steady business. But you are right, they were making the best of a tough situation. They showed a lot of class with their nice smiles and friendly service.
Let's hope they have a great season next year.