When you're dining out -- you usually like things are certain way, and now, thanks to technology -- restaurants may know too. Many places around the country are starting to keep detailed records of their customers in computer databases, ready to pull up and use the moment you walk through the door. The more they know about you, the better they can serve.
Opentable.com is one company that provides database software to restaurants. They keep tabs on everything from birthdays to anniversaries, allergies or dietary restrictions. They may keep information on favorite cocktails, to your favorite bottle of wine. Not everyone likes the idea of a restaurant keeping tabs on you, but businesses insist it's just a way to serve you better,