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looosia Nov 28, 2011 06:39 PM

Just read about this discount card on Blog TO:
http://www.blogto.com/eat_drink/2011/11/toronto_restaurants_offer_30_discounts_on_tuesdays/

"Running for three months starting January 2nd, a new discount card called Tuesday Foodie offers 13 chances for Toronto diners to get 30% off their meals at participating restaurants. The only catch? Well, there are two big ones:

-The discount card costs $60 so there's an upfront fee to participate. But there are 13 Tuesdays available to take advantage of the discounts, so frequent diners will be able to more than make up for this initial investment.

-Only 15 restaurants are currently participating. But the list isn't a bad one. There's The Bowery, Burger Bar, Czehoski and more."

The full list of restaurants are here: http://www.tuesdayfoodie.com/particip...
1. The Bowery
2. Burger Bar
3. Blue Plate
4. Cafe Diplomatico
5. Czehoski
6. Earth Bloor West
7. Focaccia Restaurant
8. Fuzion Resto Lounge and August
9. Harlem Restaurant (east side
)10. Harlem Restaurant (west side)
11. Kalyvia
12. Mangia Cake
13. Marinella Simply Italian
14. Supermarket
15. The Royal Elephant

Thoughts?

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    ylsf Nov 28, 2011 06:52 PM

    I would use it for free, not for $60 ! Not like I am going to be going out EVERY Tuesday for dinner during the winter. Really this should be a lot cheaper or free. For nicer restaurants the Dinner Date website is a better deal at $10 a meal reservation with the same discount.

    EDIT: Wow, I just read the Terms and Conditions after seeing a post by a user on BlogTO. It is even worse than I thought. THe card is "one per person". Only one person's meal gets a discount if you only have one card. I don't know why anyone would buy this:

    Tuesday Foodie cards are strictly 1 per person. If a couple were to go for dinner and only 1 person had a card, only 1 person would get a 30% discount. If both people had a card, then both would receive a 30% discount.
    Cards can be used for both lunch and dinner.
    Card holders are recommended to phone participating restaurants and reserve a table to avoid disappointment. We expect Tuesdays between January 3rd & March 27th 2012 to have increased demand, due to Tuesday Foodie.

    In saying this, there are only 1200 cards on sale, so sales are capped, to enable all Tuesday Foodies to get full use out of their cards.
    The 30% discount is only on food, and excludes alcohol. So get full use out of it and order a starter, a main and a dessert!
    Tuesday Foodie cards cannot be used in conjunction with Winterlicious at restaurants participating in both Winterlicious and Tuesday Foodie. Only Earth Bloor West, Czehoski & Fuzion are participating in both. So use your Tuesday Foodie cards here before or after Winterlicious!
    Cards are valid on the 13 Tuesdays from January 3rd to March 27th 2012.

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    1. re: ylsf
      jennjen18 Nov 28, 2011 07:34 PM

      What's the "Dinner Date" website you speak of?

      1. re: jennjen18
        jlunar Nov 28, 2011 09:27 PM

        diningdatenight.com - 30% discount for $10 at select restaurants. It's a good deal, especially for places like Splendido.

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          ylsf Nov 28, 2011 09:30 PM

          Thread discussing it here:

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/813229

          This discount applies to alcohol too vs the Tuesday foodie card. which doesn't.

          https://www.diningdatenight.com/

          1. re: ylsf
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            Calum Dec 1, 2011 04:54 AM

            Hi Folks,

            Thanks for everyone's input via BlogTO, Yelp & Chowhound, it's definitely made us scratch our head a little to improve the service which is something we are wanting to continually do.

            I'm delighted to say that after getting the restaurants together, the card will now be valid for every Tuesday in 2012! This completely changes the game and now gives you 52 weeks of the year to use. We have also added more restaurants so are now at 21 in total, and hope to continue to add throughout the course of the year.

            Your continued input is appreciated and encouraged as we want to build a Tuesday Foodie community!

            Thanks,

            Calum
            Tuesday Foodie

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              ylsf Dec 1, 2011 06:55 AM

              Next step : make it valid for the entire bill or at least for 2 people.

              1. re: ylsf
                justsayn Dec 1, 2011 08:01 PM

                If its available for all of 2012, with an increased amount of restos and growing, maybe it is now fair to expect everyone to buy their own card? Or for convenience, sell "couples" cards for 75-100% more. I believe their model requires as many subscribers as possible and of course they require revenue. The restaurant itself must be banking on getting full value from the other people in the party to offset your 30%. Anyway, just my two cents.

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                  ylsf Dec 1, 2011 11:10 PM

                  Personally I would be more hesitant to use a 30% off card than a "Groupon" or something that I could share with a friend. If I said to a friend "hey, let's go to this place" and we went there and I pulled out a 30% off card for my own bill it would seem tacky to me. If I was paying the whole bill than sure, the extra 30% off helps.
                  I guess it really depends on how the restaurants implement it in the end. If you get an appetizer for the table will they apply the 30% off or will they stick to the fine print. Anyway, I am still passing on the card as is but if anyone on here does decide to buy one I would be curious to hear how it goes.
                  I am hoping that Telus Tuesday's returns again (I think it was a Tuesday... Telus did a promo where they paid for patrons app and dessert when they bought an entree).

                  1. re: ylsf
                    justsayn Dec 2, 2011 06:28 AM

                    It doesn't have to be tacky really. i have brought friends to places where I've had a coupon and I just share the savings between us.

                    For a place like Magic Oven where they should just be 30% off all the time IMO, I suspect if you buy a whole pizza for the table, they would need to give you 30% off for the whole amount.

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        cheesymama Dec 2, 2011 04:13 AM

        There is a WagJag for this today. $20 each and it says the card is transferable. Seems like a great deal at this price.

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        1. re: cheesymama
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          ylsf Dec 2, 2011 06:21 AM

          Interesting. Maybe that was the intention/strategy all along. Set a "value" of $60 that most people wouldn't pay, and then come in with a cheap deal via group buy sites....

          1. re: ylsf
            justsayn Dec 2, 2011 06:34 AM

            I doubt you will see them on deal sites week after week. I think it is a promo to help launch them. I am not buying the card as it is because the resto line up doesnt thrill me but I think it is quite easy to get your 60 bucks back and more over the course of 52 Tuesdays!

            The entertainment books were BOGO with hundreds of places so it was easier to get your money back.

            1. re: justsayn
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              ylsf Dec 2, 2011 01:37 PM

              I find it interesting that they have only sold 5 of them so far on WagJag. Also, from what was posted earlier, it was only one visit for each restaurant. I am not sure if that is still a restriction or not...

              1. re: ylsf
                justsayn Dec 2, 2011 05:01 PM

                Yes it is an uphill battle for them I think. The restaurant list is just not very exciting on the whole IMO. Maybe the card should be BOGO for 2 and 30% when dining alone?

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