For years, Nick Kokonas was warned.
No one would ever prepay for a ticket to eat at a restaurant.
For years, Nick Kokonas was undaunted.
He was collecting data, reams of it, showing prepaid tickets increased revenue and wiped out no-shows at Alinea, the restaurant he owns with chef Grant Achatz.
And now, Nick Kokonas is prepared.
He is unveiling a new company with Achatz called Tock, challenging OpenTable and taking restaurant ticketing nationwide.
Fueling the company are A-list investors, including chef Thomas Keller, of Napa Valley's The French Laundry and New York's Per Se; Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, who used to live in Chicago; chef Ming Tsai, of...