A few of us covered the bills that we were short on. I remember being short at the japanese restaurant in disneyland, bucca di beppo and I BELIEVE Rock Bottom the second time in Long Beach. The first year at the rock bottom went without a hitch as did any year we did it at Round Table Pizza. Thankfully some of the other editors helped pick up where others dropped.
What was happening was any comibnation of three factors.
1. People who said they would come did not resulting in costs due to deposits
2. People left early and either did not pay (once tha thappened)
3. People did not properly compensate for how much a mandatory tip is for a party that large and left early without leaving enough money
It is for this reason I find the oiwake IS useful because it allwos for paying yourself. What you need is a restaurant that allows for large groups but no deposit or aggregate bill. This is EXTREMELY limiting which is what makes it so damn difficult to find groups for this. I know for a fact that Pilkingotn has never had a problem with this at the Cheesecake factory for AWA. They section off a good 1/3rd of the restaurant for the group and all the bills are individual - I don't know if there is one in LA in the area but give that some thought if you can find it because it works exceptionally well in Atlanta.
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