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Restaurant Innovations & New Ideas

�I can�t afford to have a table sit there unoccupied.�

�Restaurant owner.

Tired of getting spurned, when trying to make a restaurant reservation? That may be changing now that many upscale dining establishments are insisting upon credit cards to hold tables on major holidays.

All special occasions are in play: Thanksgiving, New Year�s Eve, Christmas Eve, Valentine�s Day, Easter, and Mother�s Day which is the busiest dining out day in the $511 billion industry.

The penalty for not canceling ahead of time: $25 a head�or more. By requiring credit-card charges, restaurants hope to nail down reservations...as no-shows are costly. And as many a restaurant owner laments, �I can�t afford to have a table sit there unoccupied.�