Grant Achatz, the chef of Chicago’s Alinea, which is currently ranked as the #10 restaurant in the world by Restaurant Magazine, has come up with a way of making restaurant eating a bit more…stramlined. Check out the NY Times article where Achatz talks about selling tickets to his new restaurant (instead of taking reservations) as a way of saving money, making restaurant reservations transferable easily (his staff don’t have to do didilly), and taking the awkward food-for-money transactions out of an otherwise excellent evening (How much DO you tip on a $500 bill?). You basically buy a prix fix meal. Tickets for later in the evening would be cheaper (off-peak tickets), which is sort of equivalent to a matinee show.
Here’s my question: Would there be scalpers for tickets like this?
Alinea is booked for months solid. It’s like that his NEXT Restaurant (the actual name!) will be too. How much would you pay for a reservation tomorrow? Craigslist/StubHub?/Ebay would LIGHT UP if this idea catches on. No matter what happens….Alinea. I want to go to there.