Here at The Reverse Wine Snob we're big fans of bringing your own wine to restaurants for a whole lot of reasons but first and foremost is the opportunity to avoid paying the ridiculous markups that restaurants love to take on wine. However, just bringing your own bottle doesn't always alleviate the problem as most restaurants have some kind of corkage fee (what they charge you for bringing in that bottle). We've seen these range from zero, which is quite unusual, all the way to the outrageous, which is unfortunately all too common. So what do you do if you're going to be gouged whether you bring your own or pay restaurant prices? Read on to find out one innovative solution from Corkage Feed!
From Corkage Feed:
What if there was a new type of coupon that could get restaurant owners more business and actually appeal to customers? The key is in offering a BYO (Bring Your Own) deal. Introducing the Corkponfrom CorkageFeed.com – a coupon that allows you to save on the cost or avoid corkage fees!
The benefit for the restaurant owner is clear: Corkpons are created and customized by individual owners and are a great way to attract customers who would otherwise go somewhere else to eat (without the promise of free or cheaper corkage, of course!). Owners and managers get more folks to try their eatery; customers don’t have to pay silly corkage fees and can try new restaurants with the companionship of a Corkpon and their favorite bottle of wine. Additionally, there is more clarity regarding corkage rules for each restaurant when using CorkageFeed.com.
For the frugal consumer, wine enthusiast, and other customers, this is great news. To find corkage information on restaurants near you and get a Corkpon, simply search on the homepage (CorkageFeed.com) using your zip code, the restaurant name, or the city. If a restaurant is running a Corkpon offer you will see the "Corkpon Offer" button on the listing. You can redeem the offer by printing it or sharing it with your server on your smartphone.
By joining the mailing list, you can also be alerted immediately of upcoming Corkage promotions and when eateries near you join the site. You can also help populate the site by adding and updating Corkage information of your favorite restaurants to help other customers get the inside scoop on area Corkage Fees.
The Corkage Fee information is gathered from restaurant owners & managers sharing their corkage information, review forum discussions, as well as users of the site – like you! By accumulating information from these three important sources, they are able to be the planet’s most accurate data source when it comes to corkage fee info.
"Our goal is to allow our users to bring a bottle of wine to a restaurant with confidence," said Patrick Aitken, one of the co-founders of the site. The site is responsive design and works on all devices and has been gaining traction in major markets like New York City, Los Angeles, and its hometown of San Francisco.
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