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"Pay what you can" restaurants

crazyfoodie Mar 17, 2009 12:15 PM

I saw an article in the globe on a Montreal restaurant offering a pay what you can promo to their clients. Do you know of any Toronto restaurants that have caught on? I know of Oscar's in Barrie. Anyone go to Oscar's?

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    jayseeca Mar 18, 2009 12:08 PM

    Not exactly 'restaurant' but every Friday Dufferin Grove cooks and serves soup, a vegetarian or vegan entrée, a meat entrée, a side dish, a salad, and dessert - they all have recommended prices (topping $6 for an entree), but it is PWYC. I think its all organic too...


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    1. re: jayseeca
      salsailsa Mar 18, 2009 12:41 PM

      That is a really cool site and place. Too bad I don't live in TO.

    2. Muffin__Top Mar 18, 2009 08:03 AM

      I don't know if I like that idea...the accountant side of me says pay low.. the conscience part of me knows the margins aren't high and would pay more...

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        tjr Mar 17, 2009 05:34 PM

        Are you sure Oscar's is a "pay what you can" restaurant? I think it's one of the more upscale/expensive restaurants in Barrie.

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          JamieK Mar 17, 2009 05:53 PM

          Haven't been there but since I pass through Barrie a lot in the summer I try to pay attention and Oscar's does seem to be higher-end and they are offering a pay-what-you-want option, according to their website -

          52 Bayfield St, Barrie, ON L4M3A5, CA

          1. re: JamieK
            tjr Mar 17, 2009 07:06 PM

            Strange, thanks.

            1. re: JamieK
              robgm Mar 18, 2009 05:36 AM

              it's actually pay what you think its worth, not what you can....there is a BIG difference

              1. re: JamieK
                DurhamPark Mar 18, 2009 10:40 AM

                There is a minimal charge. I can't remember exactly how it works. But I think when they give you he bill it has 5 options. $25, $30, $35, $40, $50. Something like that.

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