Restaurants’ appetite for First Table concept
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