I stopped at Downtowner Woodfire Grill last night for a quick cocktail and nibble.
The food: I have eaten here several times before. I love Moe's cajun breakfast and their pizza with apple, onion, and blue cheese. Last night I had the chicken, mushroom, and smoked moz pizza. The crust was adequately cooked and not soggy in the middle. There was a decent amount of chicken, mushrooms, and cheese. I did not really detect much smoked moz flavor though.
I very much enjoy the food and atmosphere there during non-event times.
The restaurant policy: My cocktail was $8.50 and nibble was $10.95 bringing the total to $20.28. My receipt showed a balance due of $20.30. When I questioned the server about the $.02 discrepancy she stated that the computer system is designed to round up or down to the nearest nickel and for the establishment it is a wash. The server seemed suprised and said that a patron had never brought it to their attention before. It was not so much the $.02 that mattered, it was the principal that bothered me. It made me think about how many of us do not really look at our bills, blindly paying them. So apparently, some patrons get the benefit and others pay for the benefit. Does the establishment make or lose money with this policy? Just my two cents. I wonder if this is common practice in the industry?
Downtowner Woodfire Grill
253 West 7th Street, St. Paul, MN 55102