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Pricy New Year’s Eve dinner sets get complaints
    2018-February-14  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

MANY residents have voiced concerns that restaurants are setting ridiculously high prices for Lunar New Year’s Eve dinner reservations, according to a SZTV news report.

SZTV reporters visited several restaurants in Futian District on Feb. 10 and found that these restaurants had arranged two rounds of dinner for Lunar New Year’s Eve: the first round between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. and the second round between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

Private dining rooms in these restaurants are already fully booked for Lunar New Year’s Eve.

Most restaurants set higher minimum order amounts for customers booking private dining rooms on Lunar New Year’s Eve compared with ordinary business days.

Chunmanyuan, a restaurant in the Chegongmiao area, has set a minimum order of 8,000 yuan (US$1,264) for a “private room” that was made of folding screens separating some floor space from the main lobby. The minimum order amount for booking a presidential suite in the restaurant was 12,000 yuan.

Jinhuangting, a restaurant on Jintian Road, has set a minimum order of 3,000 yuan for a private room. Danguixuan, another restaurant in Chegongmiao, requires customers to pay a down payment and order food in advance after they book private rooms to make sure that their bills reach the minimum order amount.

Some residents said they can accept the minimum order amounts in restaurants on Lunar New Year’s Eve because of the imbalance between supply and demand on that night. But many restaurants seem to be seizing the opportunity to rip-off customers.

However, catering industry management regulations released by the Ministry of Commerce in 2014 specify that restaurants are not permitted to set minimum order amounts for customers.  (Zhang Yang, Zhi Dingli)

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