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Interesting Valentines Day Reservations Policy

Paulette F | Jan 16, 200211:07 PM

So I call Josie to make a reservation for our Valentine's Day dinner and am told the following:

The only option for the evening is a $95 prix fix.

They need my fax number to fax me a form I have to fill out to put down my my credit card info for a $50 deposit.

They don't yet have the menu set. So they basically want us to put a deposit down before we know if we
want to eat the only thing that will be served.

What do you guys think of this? I understand the neccesity to do this with special dining-out occasions (they don't want empty tables on such a lucrative night) but I thought not having the actual menu set before we are expected to pay a deposit was a bit much.

The deposit is fully refundable if the cancellation is before the 7th of Feb.

It feels a little bit like the scene in LA Story where Steve Martin has to have his personal financial statement examined before they let him eat at L'Idiot (and then they tell him he can only have the chicken)

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