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Karma in Old City Is Picking Up the Check for One Random Table Every Night

The restaurant is trying to rack up good karma this summer

Karma in Old City
Mike Prince

Old City eatery Karma is trying to earn some good karma by picking up the tab. From now through Labor Day, the Indian restaurant, open at 246 Market Street since 2003 (which is impressive longevity for the neighborhood), will be paying the check for one table of up to four diners every night. The table will be chosen at random, so says the restaurant.

”For a long time now, we’ve been looking for ways to put the ‘good karma’ practice into this restaurant, and we feel that paying it forward this way will really make our customers happy,” Karma’s Mani Thillai said in a press release. “This initiative has been sitting under our noses for the past 15 years.”

Customers are still expected to tip their servers, of course. And Thillai hopes they’re inspired to pay it forward in the form of buying a round of drinks or dessert for another table, he says.

The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily (there’s a $12.95 lunchtime buffet) but the free meals will only happen during dinner.