This story - covered on our Newsradio, which draws on sources worldwide - tickled me a lot:-
"The Exchange Bar & Grill, set amid the bustling shops and pubs of the Grammercy Park neighborhood, is replete with a ticker tape flashing menu prices in red lettering as demand forces them to fluctuate.
"Customers can move prices for all beverages and bar snacks such as hot wings ($7 for 6 pieces) or fried calamari ($9). The prices will fluctuate in $.25 cent increments, but will most likely plateau at a $2 change in either direction.
"A glass of Guinness starts at $6 but could be pushed to a high of $8 or a low of $4, depending on popularity.
"So if one drink is in heavy demand, its price will rise, causing the cost of other equivalent drinks to drop. A rush on a particular beer would increase its price, and cause other beers to drop.
"Owners Levent Cakar and Damon Bae admit the stock exchange theme is a gimmick but hope a good deal on drinks and their hamburger's tastiness will win over customers.
"Its definitely something a little bit different," said Bae. "There is a little bit of a twist."
I'd just like to say, what a marvellous, utterly 'fresh,' just-plain-good idea. As they say, 'Only in New York..."
I hope they do lots of good business before everyone else 'catches up' and copies them.
I doubt that I'll ever visit New York City again. But if I ever do, I'll make a beeline for that place. I would have the advantage that my favourite bottled beer is Heineken - and the New York bartenders usually had to dig deep into the icebox to find it. I'd probably be able to drink at rock-bottom prices for quite a while before the 'market' caught up with me.....
"Once you have flown, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards.." - Leonardo da Vinci