Restau­rants’ ap­petite for First Ta­ble con­cept

The Weekend Post - - News -

PETER CAR­RUTHERS A NEW Zealand restau­rant start-up that is taking the global food in­dus­try by storm has just an­nounced plans to launch in Cairns.

First Ta­ble has been run­ning for four years and al­ready has 900 par­tic­i­pat­ing restau­rants in Bali, the UK, New Zealand and lo­cally in metropoli­tan cities and on the Sun­shine Coast.

De­scribed as a restau­rant dis­cov­ery web­site, the plat­form of­fers users the chance for up to four peo­ple to dine for half price at the first ta­ble book­ing of the evening at par­tic­i­pat­ing es­tab­lish­ments, af­ter pay­ing a $10 book­ing fee.

Queens­land manager Jesse Monk­ley said four Cairns restau­rants were on board and an­other five were likely to sign up by the Oc­to­ber 1 launch.

Al­ready con­firmed are Bayleaf Ba­li­nese, Ma­rina Par­adiso, The Cham­bers and Water­bar and Grill.

“Peo­ple pay $10 to book the ta­ble but get 50 per cent off ab­so­lutely any­thing they want to or­der from the full-price menu,” she said.

Gen­eral manager at Water­bar and Grill, Peter Crotty, said he was a fan of the con­cept and was look­ing for­ward to see­ing the in­au­gu­ral First Ta­ble cus­tomer.

“We are re­ally ex­cited be one of the first restau­rants to have signed up,” he said.

ON LINE: Water­bar and Grill head chef Dumi Dlamini and gen­eral manager Peter Crotty have wel­comed the First Ta­ble web­site to Cairns. Pic­ture: STEWART McLEAN

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