A distant farm-to-table restaurant in Freedom, Maine is ditching the harried digital system of accepting reservations and as an alternative turning to a extra intimate type of reserving – handwritten postcards.
The Misplaced Kitchen hosts a sequence of extremely in-demand dinners between Could and December annually, Meals & Wine experiences. Final yr, chef Erin French acquired an awesome 10,000 requires reservations on the 40-seat restaurant.
This yr, the acclaimed restaurant determined “let’s not try this once more” and removed the phone and on-line reservation methods that had prompted the restaurant – and its clients – a lot stress previously.
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After many months of deliberation, the group determined a postcard reservation system was truest to their easy vibe as “Mainers.”
“We want human contact over computer systems and pen & paper over keyboards. Given the possibility, we wish to offer you our full and undivided private consideration. Retaining it small and intimate is a part of what makes TLK so magical and one thing we don’t wish to stray from,” French wrote on the restaurant’s web site.
The restaurant launched the brand new guidelines for the reservation coverage on its web site, which requires events to ship a 3×5 notecard with their identify, mailing deal with, electronic mail deal with and cellphone quantity in a postmarked envelope to the restaurant between April 1- April 10. The restaurant stated it would settle for playing cards despatched March 31 to account for Easter.
“Starting on April 11th, playing cards will likely be chosen at random till reservations are full,” the 2018 Reservation Course of says.
“Realizing we are going to by no means be capable to serve everybody who needs to dine right here, to get right here will take a little bit of power, a little bit of endurance, persistence and hope. Come to consider it, each actually good factor that has ever occurred to me in my life has concerned all 4 of this stuff,” French wrote.
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The old-school strategy appears to be a success on social media. On the restaurant’s Fb web page, followers have been leaving feedback calling the transfer, “beautiful” and “an incredible concept.”
French even left a listing of different beneficial Maine eating places with extra technological technique of reserving a spot.