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Bars charge for table to watch KU Elite Eight game

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LAWRENCE, KS (KCTV) -

Students have often crowded bars and squatted at tables for hours, which cost bars money.

Some Lawrence bars are now charging to reserve a table to see the Jayhawks play during March Madness.

One of those is Henry T's on Sixth Street. This is the second year for a reservation system.

To secure a table, you must agree that a table of four will spend at least $100. A table of six needs to spend at least $150.

Before, students would show up hours in advance and the entire party might not be present. The seat holders wouldn't spend money on food and drink in the hours while waiting.

The lunch crowd can eat and get a seat, but must leave before a certain time.

Jeff Hornberger, manager for Henry T's, explained the policy.

"It's not that hard for four people to spend $100," he said. "I mean, one person can spend $25 on a meal, a couple of beers and a tip. It adds up pretty quick."

The reservation system does bring an older crowd who have more disposable income, but the restaurant still fills up.

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