GL Reader Question: Why So Many Cash Only Restaurants?
Every GL reader has probably had an Oh Crap Moment in a restaurant upon realizing that they were dining in an establishment that only takes cash and didn't have enough cash money on them. We're veering into territory belong to our friends at Eater here, and so aren't sure if Brooklyn has more or fewer restaurants with cash-only policies (proportionally, of course). A reader writes to complain and ask:
I have a question regarding many restaurants in Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens along Smith and Court Streets. So many fine restaurants in the area, featuring great food, great decor, etc., still insist on delivering a farewell go-f*ck-yourself to their patrons when the check is delivered by refusing to accept credit cards. What is with this trend? Why does it have to be this way? Are margins so thin in the area? Am I alone in finding it frustrating either to have to carry $200 cash, be forced into an undignified cash collection with your dinnermates, or to have to go on a 10PM stroll to an ATM while everyone else is having coffee?We'd add Bubby's and Rice in Dumbo to the list.
I can't emphasize how unprofessional and unimpressive I find this practice, and Im miffed by the utter lack of remorse or regret displayed by staff when faced with this problem. Is there nothing to be done?
Of course, Luger's is the standard bearer for this unfortunate practice - but off the top of my head some CG/CH cash-only places include: Robin des Bois on Smith, Joya on Court, Frankie's on Court, Lobo on Court, BarTabac on Smith (accepts cash and AmEx only) and Cafe LULUc on Smith.
I'm sure there are others too! I'm just am curious as to whether I am alone in finding the practice loathesome.