Bosses have said they’re introducing charges for people who don’t show up

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The boss of an award-winning restaurant has been left fuming after a barrage of no-shows and cancellations saw him lose out on £3,000 in one night.

Dine, a luxury brasserie in Edinburgh, is one of many eateries trying to boost bookings after more than a year of Covid restrictions all but crippled the hospitality sector.

But its co-owner said charges will now be introduced for people who don't show up after being hit by a wave of nearly 80 missed reservations in a week.

Paul Brennan said he looked a customer up on Facebook after they cancelled because one of their party had Covid – and saw images of them "smashed" and out dancing.

"Why do people think late cancellations and not showing is acceptable?" he wrote in a post on the restaurant's Twitter.

"Today we had 24, yesterday 29, 17 on Monday.

Dine is an award-winning restaurant in Edinburgh
(Image: Daily Record)

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"The additional food costs and wages is unsustainable when we are trying to rebuild a business and save jobs.

"Credit cards on tables of 4+ from Monday."

Around £3,000 in revenue was said to have been lost on Friday night by the restaurant after it was unable to fill 60 per cent of its tables – despite being fully booked.

The award-winning brasserie and cocktail bar was opened nearly six years ago by Paul Brennan and Stuart Muir in a site above the Traverse Theatre in Scotland's capital.

Co-owner Paul Brennan as slammed no-showers
(Image: Daily Record)

It is also an official hospitality partner of the Edinburgh International Festival and the Royal Lyceum Theatre.

Dine is the latest hospitality business in the city to go public on the impact of late cancellations and no-shows.

It comes at a time when demand for tables has soared due to limited capacities due to social distancing rules and curtailed opening hours.

Mr Brennan, who reported a further nine cancellations on Sunday, later added: "One table cancelled 30-mins before the sitting because someone had fallen 'ill' with Covid.

Bosses have said it "beggars belief" that people don't turn up for reservations
(Image: Daily Record)

"Their Facebook account showed them smashed and dancing in Rose Street.

"We called one customer who didn't show and they had booked two restaurants, so they not have a conscience…

"Four staff sent home early on Friday after being at home for 14-months doing nothing…it beggars belief".

In separate Tweets he added: "To say I was fuming would be an understatement.

"Translating into turnover, we lost circa £3,000 and we ran at a loss on Friday which we can not afford to do.

"We made 32 employees redundant this year and I am doing whatever we can to save the other 22 jobs."