Reservation cancellations began Feb. 25 for Nightbird restaurant in Hayes Valley, first with a party of eight. Then a group of two. And then a group of three.
It’s an unusual thing for chef Kim Alter, whose restaurant may charge high cancellation fees due to the restaurant’s small size. So when the leader of the Party of Eight cited the coronavirus and the city’s declaration of emergency as reasons for not wanting to pay the full price of its cancellation, it certainly caught Alter’s attention.