Reporting Adam Carter
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – It’s standard practice for a hotel to require a credit card number when you book a room. Now, some restaurants are asking the same from customers who are reserving a table.
The reasoning is the same. If the customer cancels at the last minute, the restaurant is left with an open table. The restaurant will then charge a customer a penalty fee for a late cancellation.
Some restaurants in New York are reportedly charging up to $75 per person to hold a table.
Hospitality Minnesota says it is not aware of any restaurants in the Twin Cities charging such a penalty fee for cancellations.
Dan McElroy is president of Hospitality Minnesota, and he joined Newsradio 830 WCCO’s John Hines to discuss.