In the last few weeks I've been in three restaurants that mentioned a charge on the menu for splitting appetizers. I had never seen this before, and I'm curious about it. I fully understand the charge for splitting entrees, since there is an additional plate and service involved for no additional sale, but appetizers? Is "splitting" an appetizer the same as "sharing" an appetizer?
I had always thought of appetizers as sort of meant to be shared, at least if you're dining with a date/SO, so seeing this charge sort of threw me. Unfortunately I've been dining alone more often than not recently so I don't have direct experience, but I'm wondering if anyone else is seeing this, and if so what it means in practical terms.