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russkar | Sep 4, 200210:57 PM     34

A good friend invited us to a birthday dinner at Lucques tomorrow night with a small group. We are all Wine collectors and like to indulge in several NICE bottles during dinner. Being aware of Lucques RIDICULOUS corkage policy I advised my Host that they have a limit of TWO BOTTLES PER TABLE. She called the restaurant and talked to Carolyn about some kind of compromise, which turned out to be IF WE BUY TWO BOTTLES OFF THE LIST WE CAN HAVE THE "HONOR" OF OPENING OUR OWN BUT WITH A "FRIENDLY" SIXTEEN DOLLAR CHARGE EA. If you do the math thats at least 300- before any food gets ordered, and were supplying most of the wine. My friend called back today to attempt another try at softening this ridged stance, NO DICE! Anyway she cancelled the party of eight and we booked at FOUR OAKS where the food is much better and they were happy to "look the other way" for most if not all our Corkage. I WILL NEVER SET FOOT IN LUCQUES AGAIN! EVER, as long as these goofy rules exist. Besides MIMOSA just down the street and it's far better anyway.

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