This passage is from The Children's Bach by Helen Garner
‘Once upon a time,’ said Philip. ‘There was a wonderful cafe. It opened very early in the morning.
No. It stayed open twenty-four hours. It never closed. They never turned off the machine. That’s why the coffee was perfect.’
It was easy. He slid into it.
‘At night, because of the noise of people laughing, they turned up the treble on the jukebox. But in the early mornings, in the peaceful shift when customers on their way to work were reading the papers, you could clearly hear the trip and run of the bass lines. Some people came alone, with a library book, dressed in clean clothes of sober cut and colour. Others brought their children and taught them, with smiles and soft words, how to behave in a public place. The clever children read aloud to their parents from the Situations Vacant, the Houses to Let. The big windows of the cafe faced east. People sat with their backs to the sun, and the iron bars of night softened in their shoulders. On the other side of the road, which sparkled with passing cars, a deep garden overflowed its iron fence.’
He glanced at her to see if he was getting too fanciful. She was looking at the ceiling. ‘Don’t drone,’ she said. ‘You’re starting to drone.’
‘It was a place that waited,’ said Philip. ‘It was a place of reason and courtesy. On the jukebox they had Elvis Presley. They had Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. They had Les Paul and Mary Ford singing “How High the Moon’’.
Explain: Philip is telling a story to his daughter.
Are the sentences "It was a place that waited" and "It was a place of reason and courtesy" used metaphorically?
Does it mean:
"It was the place that was waiting for customers" and "It was a place that people inside it behaved reasonably and politely"?
"It was the place that people in it was waiting and behaved reasonably and politely"?
Does "wait" here mean "serve as a waiter"?