The notion of selling prepaid tickets for high-demand restaurant meals like they do at Next, the new Grant Achatz operation in Chicago, seems like a can’t-lose proposition. It is financially—all the money comes in upfront. But when you factor in the out-of-control aftermarket for tickets, this may not be a system other operators necessarily want to adopt. Nick Kokonis, Achatz’s business partner in three-Michelin-star Alinea and now Next, had a common-sense reason for ditching a ...

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