One premise of’s $2.6 billion all-cash offer to acquire Open Table is that operators will continue to choose the company’s online system to handle their reservations. Restaurateur Nick Kokonas thinks a lot of them of them won’t. They’ll be moving to prepaid tickets instead, using the system Kokonas has developed for Alinea, Next and the Aviary, the three Chicago restaurants he runs with chef/partner Grant Achatz. He’s sharing before-and-after ...

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