A big question has been on everyone’s mind since Milk and Honey published their number for public consumption. A few months ago, the bar was supposedly converting itself into a private club. How does this gel (M&H apparently sold 250 memberships) with the new open reservations policy? We checked in with a source that frequents the bar:
The way it works (at least, ostensibly), is that 4 of the 6 tables are reserved for members and the other 2 are open to the public. So, in theory, the number being released (and posted online for all to see!) shouldn't affect members because the number of members is fixed at 250 and the 4 tables for us won't be facing increased competition.
So, the secret is out, but Milk and Honey will still make you compete for those few available slots. Even though it’s still exclusive, our source is not so keen on the new situation:
It's clearly a terrible situation for non-members, but frankly I see the value of the membership dwindling quickly. If there's no secret left, if there's no mystery or need to be in-the-know, then what's the point of a membership? Slightly cheaper drinks? I have a strong feeling that he'll have a tough time convincing his members to renew the membership come November.
They also seconded what we expected: this is a deliberate move to fill the bar during tough economic times. Maybe when the Dow ticks back up, the number will become secret once again. For now, if this is what the bar has to do to make their dough, then we think it’s a healthy compromise. Though, we haven’t paid for a membership. If we did, we might show up demanding free drinks.