When technology and high-end restaurants collide, you can start treating dinner like a concert or sporting event by buying tickets. The software behind Chicago's legendary Next
reservation tickets was released recently by the brains behind it, restaurateur Nick Kokonas. Now two San Francisco restaurants, Coi
and Lazy Bear
, will also be utilizing the system (Coi already debuted it on July 21). According to Kokonas, restaurants in Asia and Europe
are already using it.
Kokonas, in his explaination, says that diners will pay a fee for the ticket that acts like a deposit towards their dinner. This allows restaurants to have a better idea of how many people they will be serving that night rather than relying on estimations and ending up with no-shows — in other words, the traditional reservation. Daniel Patterson, chef of the two-Michelin star totting Coi, tells Eater
that prices of the tickets will also be reduced due to the lack of no-shows, saving diners some cash.
Much like tickets to the opera or a Giants' game, earlier, weekday tables offer a discount to diners as opposed to the ever-popular 7 p.m. on Saturdays. This helps restaurants out during the low and cold season when it's too damn cold to go out for dinner, something unfamiliar to San Franciscans but useful in, you know, most of the rest of the country.
Former underground dinner club Lazy Bear, which is opening soon in the old Hi-Lo BBQ space in the Mission, says that it hopes to open up dinner reservations to its mailing list within a few weeks. Follow Lazy Bear
on Twitter for more updates.
To stir things up some more, Patterson revealed that he had hidden a $100 September
dinner in his system. Kokonas is also the mastermind behind the hind-and-seek ticketing, giving a new meaning to the phrase "hunger games."