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January 15, 2010

New Baltimore restaurant prices its menu in euros

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Sam has started a storm of controversy over at Midnight Sun with his post on the new Milan Restaurant in Little Italy pricing its food and drink in euros as well as dollars.

I'm not going to weigh in here except to say I wonder if you could follow the exchange rate and watch for when your meal would be cheaper or more expensive. 

(Algerina Perna/Sun photographer)

Posted by Elizabeth Large at 9:50 AM | | Comments (22)
        

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I'd just get out my Nexus One, and check the exchange rate. I have a currency converter, so it'd be a piece of cake.

Yes, I am that cheap.

Hmm...I wonder if they'd take ISK?

Don't pay in euros; they are charging a 1.50 exchange rate. Current spot rate is 1.4378.

Wouldn't they have to reprint their menus daily, if not more frequently?


an scheib=Cleatus' auto painter name

This is the most pretentious thing I have EVER heard.

Lucky for me, I have 100 euros at home from my last trip overseas. Might have to go test the waters and see if I can stir this up a little more....

You have to hand it to them for their creativity in thinking of ways to make the place seem authentic, but the confusion created and complaints they will receive will probably make it not worth the trouble.

I do like when restaurants/bars think outside of the box though. It's so easy to open a place and just do what everybody else does, but it takes real moxy (sp?) to gamble and do something different people are not used to.

showing prices in euros is not nearly as pretentious as describing something as "uber-swanky".

It doesn't matter what the current exchange rate is. What matters is what the exchange rate was when you exchanged your dollars for euros.

Unless, as Lissa pointed out, you can compare the real time exchange rate with the "exchange rate" on the menu. Then, when you find you have an advantage, you have to run out and exchange your dollars for euros and run back to the restaurant and order before they change the menu.

It's called "currency arbitrage."

Sure, Lee, trying something different is cool, but they also have to expect people will play with it. After all, what they probably want is the buzz more than the reality (man, sounds like me in college).

I'm used to dual pricing overseas. It is common in tourist-oriented shops in Iceland to have pricing in ISK and Euros, ISK and US dollars or even all three. When you give them your credit card, you tell them which currency to use (if you run in to this, always charge in the local currency, you'll pay less in fees).

It'd be more difficult in a restaurant, and are they really going to be prepared to do foreign currency credit card charges?

I don't know if they still do it or not, but when Grano opened in their original location they had their meals priced in both dollars and euros as well.

I don't know if they still do it or not, but when Grano opened in their original location they had their meals priced in both dollars and euros as well.

any publicity is good publicity....

any publicity is good publicity....

I'm guessing they don't still do it since no one has mentioned it, but I know when Grano first opened in their original location they too posted their prices in both dollars and euros.

First, the signs at the hardware store were written in Spanish, and now the prices at the Italian restaurant are expressed in Euros.

What is this...Russia?

Well, I'm blaming MSNBC for this. Once again, they are taking away my country.

Oh, RoCK ...

I think it was Gypsy Rose Lee who said, "You gotta' have a gimmick." The management probably couldn't care less if someone pays the check in Euros, rubles, grickles or pastulas. A whole clutch of restaurant-savvy folk are being reminded of Milan. Which is a lot more satisfying, from a PR point of view, than the phone call the poor publicist for Morton's had to make, explaining that the help wasn't locked out, they were simply laid off. Only suggestion for diners who actually do show up at Milan with Euros -- have some American greenbacks handy for the tip.

"I'd just get out my Nexus One, and check the exchange rate. I have a currency converter, so it'd be a piece of cake.

Yes, I am that cheap.

Hmm...I wonder if they'd take ISK?

Posted by: Lissa"
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Was this post just to tell us that you have a nexus one

Stick around RAZR 4 lyfe. When the question is asked (and every question is asked at least once, here) Who has [name the weird software]? Lissa will be the first suspect

if only she read the whole post. sheesh.

What's a nexus one? I think I was born to late. I like RoCK's idea. A few decades pre-Bolshevik Russia. Of course, I would have needed to be on the tsar's team.

Icelandic currency? Didn't the Krona collapse? I would expect prices in Iceland now to be listed in euros, dollars and barter. That sweater will cost 35 euros, 50 dollars, or three fish and wheelbarrow full of bricks.

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.
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