BYO and How to Blow a Booking
© Marion Stewart
Ric. . . . . thought I'd share one of my finding
restaurant experiences with you as I continue my search for an appropriate lunch
venue for my Quarter Century Club celebration.
I telephoned Banjo Paterson's Restaurant at
Gladesville in Sydney (it
was going to be my choice of venue) as I have been there before and the view,
food, service 'fit the bill'. One of the questions I asked was, whether the
restaurant was "Licensed and BYO", as I had a friend who, when enjoying a
beautiful meal, also enjoyed a great glass of wine. I was advised 'no', the
restaurant was only Licensed.
After reading your article about working with a restaurant to find a way in
which 'a special' bottle of wine could be taken to a licensed restaurant
before the meal, I took heart and tried to find something acceptable so
it would appear the bottle of wine came from the restaurant. After some
discussion and not a very receptive person, I was told by this staff
member, that my friend (who likes to bring his own wine)
"must not go to very expensive restaurants". Silently I smiled and
thought "if you only knew how much my friend spends on wine and food". Obviously
this really put me off.
The final outcome was an offer to let me bringing a bottle of wine and we would be
charged a corkage fee of $20.
The biggest factor at play here was the attitude that did not serve his place of employment well, as now, instead
of booking a lunch for nine or so people with an expected cost of in excess of
$800.00, Banjo Paterson Restaurant will not be enjoying the pleasure of our
Ric's Note -
Just for the record, "this person who must not go to very expensive restaurants"
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