There is a front page article in the Wall St Journal this morning on corkage entitled “Tasting Menus Inspire DIYers to BYOB.” Is anyone seeing a trend of increased corkage in their market?
Corkage, sadly, is still not allowed in Colorado so no increases here!
Over the last few years I have seen an actual general decrease in corkage fees, but Southeast Michigan is still a quixotic market.
I work for a 500 cover a night restaurant in DTLA with a very extensive wine list and I would say in the past year, I've seen an increase. On a Friday or Saturday night, we see about 15 bottles a night. Last year we would see usually around 5-10 per weekend night.
First six months of 2019 0.19% of sales, last six 0.13%. We don't charge corkage when the guests share wine with us, so it might just mean we are improving guests relationships.
My restaurant does 400-500 covers per day, and I've definitely seen an increase in people bringing their own wine. We charge $20 for corkage, too, which is high for the area (Orlando, FL).