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Table8 Unlocks Spontaneous Access to the Hottest Restaurants in Town, During Primetime, on the Best Nights


April 15, 2014 - SAN FRANCISCO, CA

Table8, the reservation platform that offers patrons access to the most popular restaurants, on the best nights, enabling spontaneity, announced today that is now available in San Francisco.

Table8 delivers access to a curated selection of the best restaurants in a city. Table8 was created to give everyone access to these restaurants, on their own terms and their own schedules. This includes locals, out-of-town guests, corporate diners, and anyone who makes plans on the go, in real time, rather than weeks or months in advance.

"We created Table8 to democratize the restaurant reservation system. If you want to eat somewhere new and hot, you should be able to do so without making plans weeks or months in advance," said Pete Goettner, Table8's co-founder and CEO. "Table8 is for the 'now generation' of people who expect to operate in real time, all the time. They don't always plan ahead, yet they desire to eat at San Francisco's most fabulous restaurants. We believe they should be able to."

Table8 is a win-win for diners and restaurants: Diners pay a fee to reserve a table, giving restaurants access to a new revenue stream and monetizing a handful of tables per night in a brand new way. When all is said and done, this extra revenue allows restaurants to make decisions like acquiring a new sous chef or an expensive piece of equipment, for example.

For diners, Table8 works like this:

  • Download Table8 to your iOS or Android device, or access it using the Table8 website.
  • Browse from a selection of reservations at the hottest restaurants in a given city (San Francisco at launch).
  • All Table8 reservations are primetime slots -- Thursday through Saturday, from 6:30-8:30pm. If a reservation is available on Table8, you can be assured it's not available anywhere else, like OpenTable, or via direct booking with the restaurant.
  • Simply choose your reservation, then agree to the fee to confirm it.
  • At launch, reservations in San Francisco will be available for parties of two and four. The reservation fee, which varies depending on demand and table availability, is shared between the restaurant and Table8.

"With Table8 we sell access, not excess," said Santosh Jayaram, Table8's co-founder. "The restaurants on Table8 truly set the standard for food, service and ambiance, which makes them extremely hard to get into, especially at the last minute. Table8 is the only reservation system that gets people into these restaurants on the fly. Table8 benefits customers and its restaurants by giving restaurants a revenue share that supports growth and scale. Because Table8 is a highly curated set of the hottest destinations in a given city, restaurant owners have already been reaching out to us to be included in the service."

At launch, Table8 will be available at the following San Francisco Restaurants: Acquerello, Aziza, Boulevard, Central Kitchen, Farallon, Fleur De Lys, Hard Water, La Folie, Roka Akor, Slanted Door, Spruce and Waterbar.

Future Table8 markets include Chicago, London, Los Angeles and New York. Table8 is available via the web or download on iOS and Android.

About Table8
Table8 is a restaurant reservation platform that reintroduces the element of spontaneity to eating out, by allowing anyone to make reservations at the most popular restaurants that are usually sold out well in advance, in primetime, on the best nights, at the last minute. Founded in 2014, Table8 is the brainchild of Pete Goettner and Santosh Jayaram. Pete was the co-founder and CEO of DigitalThink and a Silicon Valley VC. Santosh was the first business operations hire at Twitter. Frustrated with their restaurant routines and the lack of availability at new and interesting spots, Santosh and Pete built Table8 to open up access to these restaurants to "normal" folks, while at the same time creating a new revenue stream for restaurants that can actually make a difference in their bottom line. Table8 is currently available in San Francisco and has plans to rollout in markets around the country in the coming months. For additional information, please visit us at http://www.table8.us.

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