SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – The task of locking up a prime-time reservation at a top Bay Area restaurant just got a lot easier, if you’re willing to pay.
The San Francisco Startup ReservationHop offers coveted evening tables at popular restaurants like State Bird Provisions, Zero Zero, Nopa for a price. The prime dinner time reservations are typically for two, and are currently available on just Fridays and Saturdays and cost $5.00 for the most readily available and $12 or more for tougher to land bookings. The reservation, however does not go under your name, per the company website:
“Upon purchase, we provide you with the name the reservation is under. 99% of the time you can show up at the restaurant, give them the name and grab the table, no problem. If you have any trouble, email us,” reads the “how it works” section of the web page.
As of Friday, only four reservations for next weekend were available through the site that could not be booked elsewhere.
The start-up is the latest in a trend toward profiting off of adding convenience on items that were previously free. Recently an app that provides information on available parking spots for a price was ordered to shut down by the city of San Francisco.