Oh, or just go here:
Due to the small kitchen sizes commonly found in our area, many restaurants in the Short North are simply unable to accommodate large groups and give the best service possible. It's not a slight against your group, we just can't promise great service if our kitchen can't handle you. Have you seen the Surly Girl kitchen? It's lovingly known as the Hot Box and we ask large parties to pre-order because a twelve top ordering all at once could slow up things for your group.
We want your group to eat, drink and be merry. We also wish to serve you as best we can.
So if a restaurant tells you they can't handle you, well, it's because we can't. We would if we could, do you know what we pay in rent down here?