Affordable Center City Thurs Night rehearsal Dinner Venue? BYOB a plus
Having a wedding at the Westin in June, and need to find a rehearsal dinner location for a Third night that's convenient to that location. Was interested in DiBruno Bros but they want $50/head and up just for a pretty simple 2-hr buffet dinner pkg, plus room rental, and BYOB. Will be a group about 30-50. We will have alcohol but don't mind providing for BYOB. I figure since its a Thursday night there must be some good options. Any suggestions appreciated! Would like to keep it to $30-35/ pp without alcohol or $50 with open bar,etc. incl tax + gratuity.
People ask about this often - and my wife asked a few places for us a few years ago - but the economics don't really work for nice BYOB restuarants.
You're talking about a 2 hr meal but that really means 4 hours to the restaurant when you include set-up and clean-up - or the entire night. So, you'd like to reserve an entire BYOB on a busy night (Thursday is a busy night) in exchange for maybe $1500 all the while upsetting servers who would lose a big chunk of their weekly pay.
The problem is the same restaurant could probably seat twice as many people at $40-50/head on the same night - at least $3000 and a content waitstaff. It's a bad deal for the business in nearly all cases.
Don't know if Vietnamese food would work at all for your guests, but Vietnam Palace has some nice banquet menu options, from $30-70 a head based on number of courses, extent of open bar offered, etc.
(I haven't been to a banquet function there but I really like their food and service in general....)