Imagine planning a delicious dinner party then suddenly your committed guests turn into no-shows and don't even call to cancel. Well, restaurants deal with the problem on a nightly basis, but one Beverly Hills eatery has had enough.
This past weekend, Noah Ellis of the high-end Vietnamese spot Red Medicine called out half a dozen Angelenos who made reservations for the hottest night of the week, then failed to materialize. In a statement, Red Medicine says, "We lost 20% of our total reservations on a Saturday, and a huge chunk of our prime-time bookings ... We understand emergencies happen, but most diners who no-show most likely don't think twice about it."
Hi Kyle Anderson (323), I hope you enjoyed your gf's bday and the flowers that you didn't bring when you no-showed for your 815 res. Thanks.— Red Medicine (@redmedicinela) March 24, 2013
Also, big thanks to Carlos MacManus, Colin Rolfs, Allison Joyce, Sam Java, Daniella Brown, and Matt Lopez for no-showing btwn 730p-930p.— Red Medicine (@redmedicinela) March 24, 2013
All the nice guests who wonder why restaurants overbook and they sometimes have to wait for their res should thank people like those below.— Red Medicine (@redmedicinela) March 24, 2013
They said the Twitter flaming won't be a regular practice, but they want to bring attention to the problem.
Are we just less polite or thoughtful when it comes to dealing with businesses? We wouldn’t just no show to a dinner party, why would we do so with a restaurant? If restaurants adopted this more widely, would it prevent people from “no-showing?”