Duly Noted

Michel Serebecbere, maître d' of the Maurice Restaurant in New York City's posh Parker Meridien Hotel, last year noticed that business people were desperate for anything to take notes on during breakfast and luncheon meetings. They resorted to envelopes, blank checks or even $20 bills. Now executives find something more convenient. Sitting on the tables next to the salt and pepper is a small (2½ in. by 4¼ in.) gray-beige note pad with the legend, "Notes While Dining at the Maurice."

Restaurants and hotels catering to the business trade are adding this accouterment...

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