This was a first.
Last week a group of us went out to dinner to a restaurant in Boston. It was a celebration, and I was treating. It is not a nightclub. It is not a bar.
Shortly after we arrived, a four piece jazz band set up, and they began to play while we were finishing up our main dishes. We had not known this was going to happen, but that was okay. They were good, but quite loud, and we were seated next to them, so it did impact our conversation. When I got the bill, I saw that they charged us an extra $18 ($3 a person) for the half hour of music that we heard.
I have never had this happen before here in Boston at any other restaurant. I did not want to make a fuss then, due to the people I was with, our prime location next to the band, and the fact that we had enjoyed our meal very much.
We go out a lot here on Boston. This was a first for me. A cover charge for a bar or night club with live music is not unusual, and is often expected. But this was a surprise.
Yes, I could have made a little fuss, but that is not what I want to discuss. I am more curious if this happens elsewhere, if it is a new trend, and what to do in order to prevent this from happening again. Their web site does not indicate that they will charge you for their music, and as I said, we did not even know there would be any, not to mention that we'd be charged for it.
I have written to the management but have not heard back.