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Pay what you want at Montreal’s restaurant Taverne Crescent

Hit by the downturn of the economy and a deep slide in American tourists, Montreal’s restaurant Taverne Crescent, located on Crescent street in the downtown area, is trying a new strategy to bring back customers: pay what you want.

So yesterday, lunch-hour customers were given the choice of an appetizer, plus either tagliatelle bolognese, salmon or braised beef, and coffee or tea, for whatever they wanted to pay. For a dollar even. Or nothing. George Pappas, the owner of the restaurant, says there is no catch for the ‘pay what you want’ deal. The restaurant is just trying to bring the ‘joie de vive’ back to the city. The deal is from Monday to Friday between 11 am and 3 pm.

This move follows a similar one this month by the London restaurant The Little Bay, and two years ago by the American restaurants One World Café in Salt Lake City and SAME (So All Might Eat) Café in Denver.

More about this in the interview below by CTV with George Pappas, the owner of Taverne Crescent. You can also visit the restaurant’s website at :

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Comment from elie
Time February 25, 2009 at 3:28 PM

do they make profits? if people are stingy they definitely lose

Comment from K.line
Time February 25, 2009 at 3:32 PM

J’ai vu ca aujourd’hui dans le 24heures ;D
Ca marche tres bien en Angleterre, car les gens payent en moyenne 10/15$ ce qui revient (avec le nombre important de clients) tres rentable au resto!
Personne ne va oser mettre 2$ surtout pas a Montreal.
Il faut passer par la bas!!

Comment from andrew
Time February 26, 2009 at 7:49 AM

Amazing. what a great concept. Not just for the price, but for the fact that it puts a good feeling in people. Id love to go and pay a reasonable amount just to support this idea. The people majority of the people in Montreal aren’t the type to take ridiculous advantage of this. I honestly hope it works for this restaurant.
well done!

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