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Let's Make a Deal Restaurant

Let's Make a Deal Restaurant

While most of you weren't sure that customers could accurately price menu items at pay-what-you-like restaurants, one restaurant owner has come up with a solution that helps customers and keeps her in business. Customers at most pay-what-you-like restaurants place their money in a box secretly, but the patrons at Dan's in Maine tell the waitress how much they'd like to pay for a dish and the cook makes a portion according to the named price.

The family business started in 1952 and Dan's daughter, Danielle, took over after her parents passed away. She noticed that fewer customers were coming in because of having less money to eat out due to higher gas and supermarket prices. In order to help her customers and keep her business going, she created a let's make a deal policy that has been a hit with the community. The Today Show visited Dan's to learn how she runs her restaurant, and you can see for yourself in the video below.

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nutella2683 nutella2683 7 years
Fabulous idea.. portion control and it's an economical :)
Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 7 years
What a great idea!
mlen mlen 7 years
i think that is a pretty good idea- with most pasta dishes out i usually end up bring half home anyways. while sometimes that is great for lunch the next day- other times it ends up going to waste- so paying half for a half portion would be much better!
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
Surprisingly, I ran into a potential waste situation when I ordered a turkey blt panini from my local co-op. It was delicious, but really made for two very large meals. When I called to compliment them on the sandwich, but also enquire if I could order a half portion in the future, I was told no. Thankfully, I'm not afraid of leftovers. But I won't be ordering that particular sandwich unless I have a dining buddy that is also in the mood for a turkey blt!
MindayH MindayH 7 years
I agree that this is also great for the fact that America is getting fat from the insane portion sizes
RosaDilia RosaDilia 7 years
I think it's a great strategy to keep the business running. She seems satisfied and so are the customers.
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
I think this is a fantastic idea, not only from an economic standpoint, but also as a means to control stupidly large portion sizes (i.e. waste) that most restaurants are known for. I hope this idea catches on!
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 7 years
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