Some Charged For Canceling Dinner Reservations

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.

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