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Wed, Aug 20, 2014 -- 9:00 AM

Meal Ticket: Paying for a Reservation at SF Restaurants


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Next restaurant in Chicago was an early adopter of the ticket system that's replacing reservations at some restaurants.
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Next restaurant in Chicago was an early adopter of the ticket system that's replacing reservations at some restaurants.

If you want a reservation at a high-end restaurant in San Francisco, you may have to pay to hold your spot. Some restaurants are adopting a new ticket system that requires patrons to pay for their reservation when they make it, reducing the risk of both no-shows and food waste. The pay-in-advance setup is already in use in Chicago and Los Angeles, where chefs had complained about losing up to $1,000 every night due to no-shows. We'll discuss the pros and cons of the system, and how it might change your fine dining experience.

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

  • Daniel Patterson, James Beard Award-winner for Best Chef in the West, chef and owner of Coi and Alta in San Francisco, and Plum Bar and Haven in Oakland
  • David Barzelay, chef and owner of Lazy Bear, a modern American cuisine restaurant that started as a pop-up and is switching to a brick-and-mortar location using the ticketing system
  • Meesha Halm, local editor for Zagat Bay Area Restaurant Guide
  • Nick Kokonas, co-owner of Alinea, Next and The Aviary in Chicago

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