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I’ve found a way to skip the line at America’s most exclusive restaurants 24 hours in advance — but there’s a catch

Foodies know it takes months or even years to secure a spot at the hottest restaurants.

Now you can snag a reservation without getting stuck in purgatory on the waitlist, but there’s a catch.

Foodies can get into popular restaurants with a new but costly hack

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A brand new restaurant app, Front of House, offers a subscription service to America’s finest restaurants.

By purchasing “collectibles,” digital NFTs that consumers may be familiar with from other spaces online, customers can guarantee a table once a week for a full year with just 24 hours’ notice to the restaurant.

But depending on the hotspot, consumers may pay money to secure their seats.

One man, Quincy Moore, told the New York Post he spent $1,000 for a regular seat at Dame, one of 12 restaurants currently working with Front of House. He had been trying for months to get a reservation.

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Front-of-house users can purchase their collectibles with credit cards or cryptocurrencies, and receive more than just reservations.

Depending on the restaurant, consumers may also get early access to events and supper clubs or coveted merch from the trendy stores.

The New York Post reported that restaurants keep 80 percent of subscription revenue, while Front of House gets the rest.

Prices also vary from facility to facility. One woman, Danielle Vreeland, told the Post she spent $300 on a collectible from Emmett’s, her favorite pizza joint that’s often crowded with swarms of tourists.

“Who has time to wait for Resy?” Vreeland asked the point of sale. “I knew I would need a lot of that.”

Vreeland also gets merch and invitations to VIP pizza parties for their money.

“We wanted to create a way for you to just get into restaurants, and all of that currency goes back into the restaurant,” Phil Toronto, co-founder of Front of House, told The Post. “It’s a way for restaurants to reward their regular customers.”

On the Front of House website, Front of House lists prices for current NFTs at each partner restaurant. Dame has an exclusive 20 slots for his $1,000 collectible, while Wildair Donut Friends has tiers from $100 to $400 for his donut club.

But even owning a collectible doesn’t make getting a table a total guarantee.

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The website makes it clear at some places, like Dame, that tables aren’t guaranteed “if they’ve already been booked by another FoH holder.”

Still, dedicated foodies are clearly hungry for service, as many of the collectibles are already “86’d” off the menu.

https://www.the-sun.com/lifestyle/5619383/nft-restaurant-reservation-skip-line-food-dining/ I’ve found a way to skip the line at America’s most exclusive restaurants 24 hours in advance — but there’s a catch

Jessica MacLeish

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