A restaurant provides two different products—food and a place to eat it. In two different posts, one recent
and one older
, I raised the question of why restaurants only charge for the first. Why not have a restaurant which charges separately for the food and the use of a table?
According to a recent news story
, there is now a cafe in London that reverses the usual policy. Food and everything else is free—except for the per minute cost of being there.
The entrepreneur calls it an anti-cafe.
P.S. A commenter points to a post
by a prominent restaurant entrepreneur arguing for my system—but I gather he hasn't actually implemented it yet.