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Monday, March 23, 2009 

Palazzio has wine payment by honor system....

A restaurant in Barcelona takes it a step further in these times of the 2nd Great Depression. "Pay at Will"

A Spanish restaurant grappling with hard economic times is wooing diners by letting them pay whatever they want for its daily special.

Barcelona restaurateur Eledino Garcia said Monday he introduced the honor system three weeks ago in his 32-seat bar and eatery to bring back loyal customers, many of whom lost their jobs as Spain's unemployment rate soared to 13.9 percent over the past year.

And the idea is actually working: Garcia says his daily take is up.

After a midday meal, diners who opted for the euro10 ($13.56), three-course daily special get something other than a check."I give you an envelope, and you pay what you think it was worth, or whatever you can pay," said Garcia, the 50-year-old owner of the small restaurant called Mireya. - AP

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