The biggest hassle of dining at a buzzed-about restaurant is usually just trying to score a reservation. But one eatery in Washington, D.C., is going the extra step and requiring diners to fill out and sign a two-page contract that covers everything from its cancellation policy to cell phone use.
“All guests should be able to enjoy the experiences that surround them at Rogue24 free of distraction,” reads a portion of the contract that forbids chatting on cell phones or taking photos while chowing down. Keep in mind that the newly opened eatery only serves 24- and 16-course tasting menus so that could be at least a three-hour commitment of not checking updating Facebook.
The contract also asks a handful of questions — allergies, dietary restrictions — to help the staff best prepare your pricey meal.
And since it is so pricey, most of the contract, which must be filled out and returned within 72 hours of the reservation, is given over to the cancellation policy.
From Eater DC:
[D]iners must agree to the restaurant’s cancellation policy and give up their credit card information. If reservations are canceled within 72 hours of the dinner (up to 3 p.m. on the day of the reservation), diners are on the hook for half of the check. Cancellations after 3 p.m. on the day of or showing up more than 30 minutes late for their dinners earn a 100-percent charge. Considering that meals run $175 per person for the full 24-course Journey menu with beverage pairings, forgetful and tardy diners can quickly run up a hefty charge without enjoying a single bite.
What do you think of contracts like this? Are they in the best interest of the diner or just overkill?