Originally posted by dinwiddie:
It will depend on where you are. In some states or counties it is illegal for a restaurant to sell a bottle of wine without opening it in the restaurant. In others, no problem. If it is legal, I don't see why a restaurant would have a problem with selling a bottle or two to a customer.
the restaurant should probably understand their inventory better.
A below price bottle of wine should be like a doorbuster sale, you keep them around to attract other customers. "did you hear about this place with this 1st growth for 200$" or that particular customer to keep coming back and ordering more food just because they can order that bottle and enjoy it below cost.
much like what ed did. He knew it was underpriced, bought all of the bottles and frequently returns to the restaurant to enjoy the rest of his bottles.
If the customer walks out with the bottles, the customer has that one less incentive to return.