September 5, 2012 by Emily Pergament
God I love Wednesdays. That’s when the NTY dining section is updated. Today, there is an interesting (<–great adjective) article called What Restaurants Know (About You). Basically, some high-end restaurants keep a file on diners preferences, from what they want in their bread basket, to what they want that the restaurant doesn’t serve; from where they live, to who they know.
I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. God only knows what info about me is floating around the internet; I guess I shouldn’t mind that my favorite restaurant knows my anniversary and wine preference (it doesn’t, at least I can’t imagine any of our little neighborhood joints keeping track). But it still seems kinda icky when you think of some of the acronyms they use (for example “HSM” = “heavyset man.” Nice, right?).
Do you want your info kept on file? Are you surprised that restaurants do this?