"Bonsoir madame! Pour manger?"
The restaurant owner offers the customary greeting, asking if I'm coming in to eat or just a drink.
I'm two blocks from the beach in France's surfing capital, Biarritz, and it's almost the end of summer holidays - but I'm the only patron.
To get here, I've walked for half an hour through deserted streets lined with barricades, past armed police at every corner.
In three hours, I see fewer than 60 pedestrians.
Two days earlier, I caught the bus along the same route, amid throngs of holiday-makers who crowded the streets and cafes well past dark.
This is what it's like when the world's leaders come to town.
The G7 summit formally kicked off on Saturday night, with the main business happening Sunday and Monday, but the city went into lockdown from midnight Friday morning.
More than 13,000 police have flocked into the city to maintain security.
Biarritz is divided into red and blue zones, with the red section along the waterfront where the fanciest hotels and summit venues are located barred to all except residents with special badges, and then only on foot.
The blue zone is marginally more open, but still requires a security badge and ID checks to enter.
The local newspaper, Sud Ouest, reports many residents have left town for the weekend that is traditionally one of the busiest of the holiday season so they don't have to deal with the hassle of security.
The restaurant owner tells me it's bizarre to see the streets so empty - they're normally full of people in colourful shirts and her tables packed with diners.
The barriers along the street mean all she can do is say "coucou" to neighbours she spots on the other side since they can't cross over, she says.
Her venue is right on the border between the red and blue zones; one map shows technically the street and footpath in front of it is in the blue but the building is in the red.
She says it was initially advertised as being in the higher security area, which she fears may have scared locals off.
Eventually, a friend of the owner's arrives for a drink and a pair of older men wearing resident passes come for dinner.
Just as they arrive there's a flurry of police activity on the street and one of the policemen shouts at a man leaning on the roadside barriers to take a photo.
Then several police motorbikes and cars pass, followed by vans and, eventually, a black car with a passenger waving at the few bystanders.
It's Emmanuel Macron, the French president who decided to showcase the holiday town to his global counterparts.
"Bon G7," the restaurateur wishes me. Happy G7.
Australian Associated Press