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Rules for Diners – How to Be “Fabulous” at West Palm Beach’s Rhythm Cafe

March 8th, 2011 · 3 Comments

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A tangle of chefs, restaurateurs, and diners are all over the recent story in the New York Times where certain New York chefs and restaurateurs have said they won’t make substitutions on their menu, and in certain cases, have rules about diners ordering the same things as other tablemates.

South Florida chefs spoke out on the subject – read their comments  in my story here.

Fun put-on for restaurant rules

One of those quoted is Ken Rzab, chef/owner of Rhythm Cafe, an eclectic West Palm Beach restaurant. “We have a whole page of rules,” he said. He added that they do make substitutions and accommodate diners when possible, though it’s not on his rule list.

The “rules” as posted are tongue-in-cheek, but they address most concerns he’s encountered in the restaurant and nip problems before they start. Here they are:

Rhythm Café – Serving the fabulous people of West Palm Beach and shunning the dreary since 1988.

In an effort to allow the not quite fabulous the chance to enjoy an evening at Rhythm Café, without ruining it for the rest of us, we have provided a list of do’s and don’ts.

The Fabulous already know and graciously abide by these guidelines. Here’s your chance to be one of the Fabulous:

  • At Rhythm Café, we prefer cash but we will accept Visa, MasterCard or Discover. WE DO NOT accept American Express or unsolicited criticisms. If you have an American Express card or negative attitude, please leave them at home!
  • We also reserve the right to add a $4.00 charge to anything we have to split in the kitchen.
  • A gratuity of 20% will be added to the check for tables of five or more (‘cause they’re a lot of work) or to the checks of known bad tippers (for obvious reasons).
  • There will be one check per table or party. Separate checks are NOT fabulous. Calculators and scratch paper provided upon request.
  • Smoking shall be done outside. It’s the Law!
  • A person should have to be close enough to kiss you in order to smell your perfume or cologne. Please don’t use enough for the whole dining room to “enjoy”.
  • Cell Phones shall be kept silent. Be kind, turn your cell phone to vibrate and leave the dining room to take calls.
  • During our busy hours please be kind and limit your visit to two hours so everyone can get a chance to eat. Anyone who is wondering “where their food is” or interested in seeing our kitchen, is welcome to come on back and see me. ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK!

We thank you for your cooperation.

Ken Rzab Chef /Owner

Rhythm Cafe

  • 3800 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach
  • 561-833-3406; rhythmcafe.cc
  • Open for dinner from 6 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday

 

 

Tags: Talking Tables · Today in the World of Food

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Fran // Mar 8, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    I respect that you been around since 1988—u MUST BE DOING SOMETHING RIGHT BUT “RULES” IS NOT ONE OF THEM. CELL PHONES , SHARING CHARGES,SMOKING OK BUT THEY DONT HAVE TO BE RULES, THEY ARE ALMOST GIVEN’S.
    THE RULE IS “GET THE $$$” AND BE A GOOD HOST. U R NOT DOING ANYONE A FAVOR BY SERVING THEM….THEY ARE THE CUSTOMER AND “RULES” ARE INSULTING.

    U SOUND LIKE U R DOING FINE BUT DROP THE TUDE AND U WILL DO BETTER—-THAT IS IF U WANT TO—I RELIZE U OWN THE PLACE AND U “MAKE THE RULES”

  • 2 Chris // Mar 9, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Wow. I’m sure you were trying to be snarky fabulous. However, it just comes off as obnoxious. Your PR person should have approved these “rules” before you had them published. Not inviting, not entertaining. Your food better live up to your ridiculous attitude. Good luck.

  • 3 Mary // Jun 18, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    I ate here and when I saw these rules on the menu I couldn’t believe my eyes, it was so incredibly tacky. How dare you “add 20% to known bad tippers.” Is that even legal? I’ve worked in restaurants all my life and shitty tippers suck yes but I know that it is not required by law to tip! This is ridiculous!

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