Sucking The Fun Out Of The Dining Experience

Rogue 24, an upscale restaurant in the Washington DC area, requires that patrons sign a two-page contract. From Eater:

If reservations are canceled within 72 hours of the dinner (up to 3 p.m. on the day of the reservation), diners are on the hook for half of the check. Cancellations after 3 p.m. on the day of or showing up more than 30 minutes late for their dinners earn a 100-percent charge. Considering that meals run $175 per person for the full 24-course Journey menu with beverage pairings, forgetful and tardy diners can quickly run up a hefty charge without enjoying a single bite.

As dining is supposed to be a relaxed, peaceful affair, who in their right mind would submit themselves to this sort of restriction upon what is supposed to be an enjoyable experience. What sets Rogue 24 apart from any other elite restaurant? From their site:

The open kitchen, situated in the center of the dining room, invites guests seated around the kitchen stage to interact with Cooper and his culinary artisans as they craft each course and beverage pairing for the 24-act performance. The one-of-a-kind dining room serves as a platform to showcase the edible art for an audience of diners curious to explore the philosophy and inspiration behind Cooper’s distinct and captivating menu.

Ohhh, right. Edible art! How cutting edge! I wonder if the dishes will strive to give each patron a sense of ennui and angst while the meal’s subtext, communicated through nuance and allegory, will alert them to the struggles of the common man.

Or will it really be little more than a showcase for the chef’s ego? Anyone wish to take any bets?