Oct 23

Updated 6 days ago

What's the Deal with River North Restaurants Shorting Peoples' Change?

I ordered carry out from a restaurant in River North last night. The order came out to $18.51. I paid with cash. The cashier gave me one dollar back and said they don't have any change -- so they just tried to short me the rest. Have your experienced this?

I called to talk to the manager about this and she was totally indignant. Apparently , she said that most restaurants in River North don't want to bother with cash...

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I ordered carry out from a restaurant in River North last night. The order came out to $18.51. I paid with cash. The cashier gave me one dollar back and said they don't have any change -- so they just tried to short me the rest. Have your experienced this?

I called to talk to the manager about this and she was totally indignant. Apparently , she said that most restaurants in River North don't want to bother with cash so they round up or down. WTH!?

1st off, on a personal note, I go to this place 3 - 4 times a month, so this could really add up over the year.

2nd, they could be potentially dodging some major taxes. They also round up and give people whose bills are .01-49 the extra dollar. Not sure how it washes out in the end, but it seems pretty shady and annoying. If they don't want to bother with change, they should list prices rounded to the nearest dollar(that include tax) on their menu like food trucks.,

  • Beckyy Resident

    It should be the patron's option to tip for takeout. If the restaurant won't give exact change they should post the policy. (& I typically tip 20%+ at sit down restaurants so I'm no cheapskate)

  • Hope, Lakeview I live in a condo in the north Lakeview area

    Becky, this is exactly my point! If they aren't going to give change they should just have prices rounded to the nearest dollar that include tax on the menu so there are no surprises. I tip very well when I dine in (20%+.) I just never thought to for takeout....

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    Becky, this is exactly my point! If they aren't going to give change they should just have prices rounded to the nearest dollar that include tax on the menu so there are no surprises. I tip very well when I dine in (20%+.) I just never thought to for takeout.

    It's much more the additive result of the rounding that bother me more than one instance. Let's say I eat at River North restaurants 2x a week -- very typical for me. That's $57 a year in money out of my pocket for no reason if the change were .49 each time.

    I wonder how the restaurants manage the taxes around this or even how many people use cash? I'm just going to use my credit card from now on and the restaurant can pay the processing fee.

Oct 22

Updated Oct 23

Development across from Target

Does anyone know what is being built across Aberdeen street from the Target store on Jackson ? I see signs that it's being developed by Praedium Development Corp. They are based in Northbrook but have no working website and what appears to be a History with strip malls. Usually I can find something on the Internet about a development. I think First Eagle Bank was doing the financing. I'm hoping for a Panera....

  • Bob H Family in the neighborhood since ~1905

    I remember Alderman Fioretti saying something a couple of town hall meetings ago about someone wanting to put in townhouses. As you note, it's a bit small for retail. Can you tell from the foundation whether it's party-wall buildings?

  • Marco from Tropoje Two-flat owner

    They have it fenced in so I can't really see. There is a "retail space available" sign there which leads me to think more Doctor's Office than Sub Shop.

Oct 16

MedSpring Immediate Care - River North location temporarily closed.

Nearby MedSpring - Lakeview location at 2868 N Broadway is open.

Oct 15

Monthly Networking Event

Thanks to those that showed up for our monthly Networking Event. It was a great turnout at Plymouth Restaurant/Bar Rooftop this past weekend. Stay tuned for the next one.

Sep 17

New coffeehouse in West Loop

A new, independent coffeehouse is coming to West Loop! The Ugly Mug Cafe, in West Town, is opening it's second location in early 2015. What's interesting is they are seeking customers and new neighbors to fund a community-sourced loan for the costs of construction. They are choosing this type of loan instead of traditional financing because they believe in the benefit of community involvement to grow the cafe and the neighborhood. FYI, they built their patio this year using this same lending method.

Check out how this works and how you can invest in the neighborhood you love:
http://bit.ly/1Dl9ppr

Sep 09

Updated Sep 10

Retail Shops

Anyone have friends or family around town that are opening up a retail shop? Just read an article on mom & pop shops and retail businesses making a come back. How does your area look?

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    Along Touhy, Western, California and Devon, there seem to be more empty storefronts than full ones. And the ones that have been filled, are mostly non-profits, which drain our tax base more than empties

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