A lot of restaurants around the world have started asking for credit cards when reserving tables - and charging a "no-show" fee when people bail at the last minute (all have generous cancellation policies in my experience). I was hesitant at first but then remembered that we've only ever missed a reservation once.
So my question: would you be willing to reserve your table with a credit card in Aruba?
I was saddened to see that two seats were empty at "The Kitchen Table" the other night... and it was a "no show". Given that there are only sixteen seats in the place, I thought it might be the right model for restaurants like "TKT, "2 Fools" and "Carte Blanche" where there are no walk-ins and limited seating. I know "2 Fools" does have a "we'll call you if somebody bails" list that they maintain but you have to be willing to head over with a moment of notice (which we've done).