The Good Life

Pay-what-you-like Restaurants

The band Radiohead made news when it allowed its fans to pay whatever they thought was reasonable to download their latest album. Now, Newsweek Budget Travel has a list of  innovative restaurants around the world that are doing the same thing — letting their patrons decide how much their meal is worth.

At Terra Bite Lounge  in the Seattle suburb of Kirkland, most diners slip cash into a donation slot by the barista, while others just walk away without bothering to pay.
At Salt Lake City’s One World Everybody Eats  you can deposit cash into a “treasure box” or use the customer-operated credit card machine. And at Der Wiener Deewan in Vienna, Austria, cash donations are accepted at the take-out counter.

There’s even a pay-what-you-want chain in Melbourne, Australia.  The first Lentil as Anything restaurant opened in 2000, and now the owner is working on his sixth location. He says he just wanted  to promote the idea of trust. Now here’s another reason this concept may catch on –apparently some customers are so enthusiastic, they pay more than their fair share.

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