From: [an eater]
Date: Monday, September 17, 2007
To: eater complaints dept.
Subject: Clueless Bars
I have a complaint. Well, not me. A friend of mine. Some bars go out of their way to bring large parties to their venues. Others, like, Mug on East 13th between 1st Ave and Avenue A seem to go out of their way to upset large parties and guarantee they’ll go to another venue.
A friend of mine was planning on celebrating her 25th birthday at Mug this Saturday night with an expected attendance of about 100 people during the course of the night.
For the past few weeks, the birthday girl and her friend contacted or dropped by Mug in order to set up a time to place a security deposit with the bar, having already reserved the slot. Each time, they were told to either come back at a different time or call to set up a time to leave the deposit. As the week of the party approached they were quite concerned that they were being jerked around. Sure enough, when they got a hold of the person in charge of booking the place this past Tuesday, he said, "Oh yeah. I meant to call you. Someone else from a different party came in this morning with money for the space on Saturday".
Naturally, this caused a bit of a panic while my friends had to find a new venue AND inform a hundred people of the new place.
Is there any reason why bars this clueless haven’t been bitch-slapped by the Invisible Hand of the free market yet?