This article in yesterdays Irish Independent tells how some of the more expensive restaurants in Dublin are deciding to charge customers who make bookings but don’t actually show up.
What I found interesting about this is that they’re talking about charging from €50 to €75 per person for a no-show. Having had some experience of such “no show” charges in restaurants in London, it’s worthy of note that there the charges were maybe £50 total, rather than a per head charge.
Hardly unexpected that Irish restaurants would find a new angle to screw even more money out of customers. Then again, that was a couple of years ago, so I suppose such expensive restaurants in London might do the same thing now.