We ate at a small neighborhood restaurant last night. When the credit card slip came there was a small line underneath the one designated for "tip" that said "maitre d' tip." This was a new one to me. Anyone seen this before? Comments on the appropriateness of separately tipping the maitre d' (something that had not occurred to me) and the appropriateness of a restaurant expressly asking for a separate tip?
(As an aside, we didn't even consider leaving extra money. This was about a 30-seater restaurant and the "maitre d'" was the owner, we're pretty sure, who told us we could "sit anywhere" when we walked into a nearly empty restaurant, but then shoo'd us from our selected table because there were two of us and it was set for three, and spent the rest of the evening chatting with another patron while her single waiter ran his butt off trying to cover the by-then full dining room)