I called to make a reservation at a restaurant yesterday and they asked me for a credit card # to hold the reservation. They will charge me $15 per head if we do not show up/do not cancel. I found this off-putting but went ahead and did it. When I told husband about it he was livid about it and thinks I should cancel the reservation on principle. ("There are too many other restaurants we can go to")
Has this every happened to you? What do you think? Legitimate way for a small restaurant with limited table space to make additional revenue? How long do they hold your table before giving it away to another party? Long enough that it works out to $15 per head out of their pocket? Is this going to be the wave of the future in the new economy?