So Jason owns a restaurant that’s a front for all his crime
lord deals, somewhere in or close to the Narrows, and his food is amaaaazing,
but affordable, or sometimes even free because he can afford that, and he takes
care of all the kids, or young people, or old people, or literally everyone and
their pet in the neighbourhood. But, no one actually *knows* it’s the Red Hood
that runs the place, and his employees/henchmen, etc. don’t advertise it
either, and basically, Batman totally doesn’t know about this place.
And then Bruce beats up some thugs when he’s working a case one night and one of them insults him as they do, but in sort of a weird way, like, “You’re a weak bowl of [insert fancy soup name here (what do I know about soup)]!” and Batman frowns, because that is a fancy soup someone from the Narrows wouldn’t even know of. And the guy’s already not paying attention to Batman anymore, he’s going on about how he would know, because he has had the finest [fancy soup] in all of Gotham, and if Batman were a soup he would not be that. And he goes on to describe it, in all its delectability, and Bruce is thinking, this is starting to sound a little familiar.
He wants to ask the guy about where he would have had the soup, but the cops show up before he can, and he decides maybe it’s not important, so he leaves. But he mentions it to Alfred, and the entire thing kind of bothers them both, so they investigate. Eventually they hear something about this restaurant, and for whatever reason that’s not just Because I Want, they decide Alfred would be the one to visit the place. They’ve deduced it’s very obviously a front for some shady dealings, so Alfred goes in disguised, still wearing a good suit and looking like he’s come to do business. So after the waiter gives him his menu, she scurries off to the kitchen to inform Jason there’s a too-fancy-looking customer who’s never been there before and she doesn’t know what to do; the guy looks serious. Also, he wants the [fancy soup].
Jason takes a peak, and recognizes Alfred immediately. So he orders the staff away, and sends all the other customers out with the rest of their food in take-out boxes and everything on the house (but, subtly, like every other table at a time).
And when the place is empty and it’s just the two of them, he brings Alfred the soup himself.
And the first thing he says is something like, “Are you alone?”
And Alfred looks a little stunned – because this is the first time he’s seen Jason since his resurrection. So he takes out the earpiece (maybe mumbling something at Bruce so he’s not too alarmed?), and Jason sits down, and there’s some more staring, before Jason prompts him to eat the soup. And he’s sitting there, while Alfred complies, trying not to be too nervous, even though his hands are shaking in his lap and his eyes are the size of saucers… And when Alfred finishes the first few bites, just to get a taste, Jason waits expectantly, and then a huge grin breaks out on his face when Alfred nods his approval and says he likes it.
(because I read this and it made me think of Jason)