As most area folks know, Up River Cafe closed its doors for good during the floods in late March. It recently reopened as The Bridge under new ownership. I picked up a menu yesterday and was struck by several things: although most prices seem fairly typical for the area, they charge $9 for a bowl of creamy chowder and $15 for a Cobb salad (?!). But here's the real kicker:
In a separate box it reads, "Hey, it's hot in there! Enjoying your meal? Buy a 6 pack of PBR"s for the kitchen....$10.00." Now first of all, I can buy a 6 pack of Pabst for about $3.50--the restaurant probably gets it for $2.00. But since when would a customer buy beer for the kitchen workers? I almost always leave about 20% to the waitstaff. Isn't that enough?
Has anyone seen this elsewhere? Is it a new trend? Please help me with this.
Oh, and if anyone's eaten there, a report would be appreciated. They have a web site at
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