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Well, that was fast. So-called “speakeasy” Harold Black will no longer require you to text an unpublished number to get a reservation. Instead, the Eastern Market bar is switching to online reservation system CityEats, Washingtonian reports.
Owner Ari Gejdenson tells the magazine that the bar was overwhelmed with reservation requests after Y&H published the number in a January story that detailed the cumbersome reservation process. Harold Black will begin accepting reservations through CityEats in two weeks. Eight seats will be saved for walk-ins.
Harold Black is not the first bar to try and then abandon a “secret” phone number. PX had an unpublished number for nine months after it opened in 2006. Owner Todd Thrasher ultimately switched to an online reservation system because the bar was only getting 10 to 15 people on an average night. “That’s not economically viable for any business,” Thrasher said.
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