Chef Daniel Patterson's two-Michelin starred essential San Francisco restaurant Coi is switching over a ticketing system for all reservations. According to Eater SF, Coi will implement restaurateur Nick Kokonas' system. It's the same system Kokonas currently uses at Next and Alinea in Chicago. The restauranteur told Eater earlier this year that his $60 million system would soon be available to other restaurants.
According to the restaurant's website, Coi will switch over to ticket sales starting September 1. Per a statement, tickets will be released six to eight weeks weeks in advance and tax as well as an 18 percent service charge will be added to each ticket. The restaurant's website notes that tickets can be purchased for parties of up to four; parties of five to eight people will be seated in the private dining room which only has one seating a night.
The restaurant notes in a statement, "We believe that the variable pricing, transparency and ease of purchasing tickets online will have multiple benefits for guests." Eater SF writes that the switch over to tickets could save "flexible diners quite a bit of money." While the prix-fixe is currently $195 (before tax, tip, and drinks), diners could potentially book a table for $145.
It's not only the diners that save money: According to Kokonas, his system could also help restaurants save money compared to a system like industry giant OpenTable. His system charges business a monthly fee, but OpenTable also takes a cut of each reservation and charges a monthly service fee. Kokonas' system is gaining popularity: It's already in place at Los Angeles' Trois Mec and Chicago's Elizabeth, and Kokonas hints there are more to come.
· Daniel Patterson's Coi Shifting to Ticketing System [Eater SF]
· Ticketing System [Coi]
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