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Ticketing systems changing the restaurant reservations game

Ticketing systems changing the restaurant reservations game

At noon on a recent Wednesday in May, San Francisco's Lazy Bear restaurant began taking reservations for June. Just 45 minutes later, nearly every seat for the entire month was sold out. Not reserved. Sold. As in, every meal for almost every seat for an entire month bought and paid for in advance. That's because Lazy Bear uses an increasingly popular ticketing system model for its "reservations" that asks diners to pay upfront for their meals much the way theater patrons pay for their seats. The tickets cannot be refunded or changed, though they can be given to someone else, much as one could with tickets to a concert or a baseball game. Lazy Bear and other restaurants...

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