Being the shops are reimbursement only, all I can fathom from this is we can spend $5 less for the freedom of leaving quicker. I always felt uncomfortable trying to spend the extra time there. The bar shops take less than 30 minutes to begin with. The $25 allows the individual shopper to add something beyond a entree and a non-alcoholic drink. You just have to hang out after finishing, somewhat awkward but not unusual.
I'd like to see them increase the table service reimbursement to $45 so two can enjoy a meal that is truly fully reimbursed. Leave the bar at $25 as 30 minutes is more than adequate time. Let us the individual shoppers spend consistent time at the bar, a micro visit seems like a ploy to reduce the client's output.
The restaurant is a different demographic than a high-end steakhouse, and it is possible to get out with a little cash left over from the $25 pay. I typically order the Road Kill, which is a hamburger steak. That and a cocktail should not run more than $20 before tip.