Restaurant Reservations Getting Phased Out
Upscale places using tickets instead
Classy restaurants across the country are doing away with traditional reservations. Instead, well-heeled diners at these establishments need meal tickets—quite literally, NPR reports. At Trois Mec in Los Angeles, for instance, you can score $100 tickets for a five-course meal; that includes tax and tip. (The tickets are sold online but go quickly.) In San Francisco, chef Daniel Patterson recently began ticketing for his restaurant, Coi. He made the decision in part because diners who’d made reservations often didn’t actually come.—wasting his restaurant’s time and money.
“The problem is we’re a special occasion restaurant for most people, not a spontaneous decision,” he explains to Eater. “A very large percentage of people who make reservations a month or two in advance will cancel them or not show up within the last week, and it’s very hard to re-book them.” The…