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Reservation scalping comes to Boston [moved from Boston board]

MC Slim JB | Feb 1, 2008 04:35 AM

From Tuesday''s Herald:

Short version: you can now buy and sell reservations at hot Boston restaurants.

I remember when these people, TableXchange, set up shop in Manhattan, as well as an earlier exponent of this idea, Primetime Tables: it caused a huge stink in the local industry; its use was banned by a number of high-profile restaurants, i.e., when they find out the person who originally made the reservation isn't the one showing up, they don't honor it. More here:

It's an idea most restaurant hosts instinctively hate, as it takes some control out of their hands, makes it more difficult to take care of regulars, etc. It hardly seems like there are enough places that people are dying to get into in Boston to make this concept work here.

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