The Grubber considers Josie to be the finest dining experience extant in LA. Compelled by persuasive Grub gushing, friends called Josie to arrange a "special event" dinner for 6. To accommodate any party greater than 4, Josie requires a signed faxed contract stating that, if fewer people than confirmed show up for the dinner or the number of people is reduced with less than 24 hours notice, the credit card of the party signing the contract will be charged $20 per person. This for a reservation approximately 4 wks out ("earliest available").
Needless to say, rationality trumped sensuality & the friends took a pass. This may be the very result Josie intends. Part of the Josie dining experience is the lack of self-indulgent, loud large parties. If Josie's intention is to keep the small-restaurant ambiance serene &, dare I say, romantic, God bless you. I may in fact romance the lovely Grubette there even more frequently as a result. The friends, however, bittered (to say the least) by what they perceive as arrogance, won't ever eat at the restaurant & are undoubtedly sharing their pique with all who will listen.
My suggestion to Josie is this: if you don't want large parties, say so. I'm certain my friends would have received, "I'm sorry, our small restaurant simply can't accommodate parties larger than 4." much better than, "Well, if you insist, but lemme warn ya. If ya don't show up we'll seek out your first-born & cut its heart out."
As a final aside, my dining experience is that a round of 6 does not get rowdy. Once you get a round of 8 or an oblong of any more than 6, the shouting begins.
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