Its no secret that rent in NYC is through the roof. But while most discussion focuses on the $1,500-a-month price tag on Bushwick one bedroom, little media attention is given to the obscene prices that restaurants pay to keep the doors open. But that might change soon, as restaurants are starting to change the way they do business to help ease the burden of their inflated rent.
According to Gothamist, restaurants in Midtown are renting for as much as $70,000 a month, with Brooklyn rents creeping higher and higher by the day. To combat these ridiculous expenses, restaurants have started pushing guests out the door faster in an effort to seat as many tables as possible over the course of a night.
If you’ve ever been to a fancy restaurant and had your server bring the check before your food is even finished, you know how this goes down. To try and seem friendlier about rushing guests out the door, some restaurants are choosing to kill off their dessert menus, taking that extra 15 minutes out of your meal time. Why dessert? Probably because it makes the least profit.
“It’s hard to make money on desserts in the restaurant business today,” economist Tyler Cowen told The Washington Post when asked about that new trend. “I don’t think many [restaurants] benefit when people order them anymore…Dessert needs good ingredients to taste good, but you can’t psychologically convince people to pay even $20 for dessert.”
So next time you’re at your favorite Brooklyn hot spot and you feel the pressure from your server to vacate your two-top as soon as you drop your fork, just know that getting you out the door quickly might be the only thing that will help keep their lights on for another month.