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Downtowner Woodfire Grill {Moved from Minneapolis-St. Paul Board]

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I stopped at Downtowner Woodfire Grill last night for a quick cocktail and nibble.

The food: I have eaten here several times before. I love Moe's cajun breakfast and their pizza with apple, onion, and blue cheese. Last night I had the chicken, mushroom, and smoked moz pizza. The crust was adequately cooked and not soggy in the middle. There was a decent amount of chicken, mushrooms, and cheese. I did not really detect much smoked moz flavor though.

I very much enjoy the food and atmosphere there during non-event times.

The restaurant policy: My cocktail was $8.50 and nibble was $10.95 bringing the total to $20.28. My receipt showed a balance due of $20.30. When I questioned the server about the $.02 discrepancy she stated that the computer system is designed to round up or down to the nearest nickel and for the establishment it is a wash. The server seemed suprised and said that a patron had never brought it to their attention before. It was not so much the $.02 that mattered, it was the principal that bothered me. It made me think about how many of us do not really look at our bills, blindly paying them. So apparently, some patrons get the benefit and others pay for the benefit. Does the establishment make or lose money with this policy? Just my two cents. I wonder if this is common practice in the industry?

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Downtowner Woodfire Grill
253 West 7th Street, St. Paul, MN 55102

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  1. "Just my two cents."

    I see what you did there...

    1. Not sure why they even produce the penny anymore, it's actually more expensive to make than it's worth. So when it comes down to the $.02 I'd prefer that they round to the nearest nickel. That said, you bring up a good point about checking the bill - I know I seldom give it much scrutiny.

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      1. re: mull0263

        Remember the brouhaha in congress over Obamacare and some protests around the country? That was nothing compared to the uproar in Washington and across the country if there was ever a serious effort to get rid of the penny.

        To the OP, I have never noticed this practice before. I do understand the reasoning behind it, but it seems to me that it really is not necessary with the amount of restaurant transactions on plastic these days.

      2. I should have given my post a different headline.

        I agree about the penny, they should get rid of it. The server indicated to me that part of the policy was so the wait staff did not have to deal with pennies when making change.

        Still curious if anyone out there has had this experience at another establishment or if there are any servers/bartenders that work at an establishment that follows this practice.

        1. I don't think the economy could stand the inflation if we got rid of the penny. When Europe changed over to the Euro all the prices went up - not quite the same thing but they rounded up so as not to have prices at 3.42 Euros and other silly prices in restaurants which had previously ended in 0 when they were in Francs or Drachmas etc.

          1. Apparently it's more than just pennies in some places:
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/795872
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/782228