At New Chicago Restaurant, Seats Going for $3K

Apparently everyone's very excited about Grant Achatz's new venture, Next

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 11, 2011 12:35 PM CDT

(Newser) – Want to eat at Next, the highly anticipated new restaurant from top Chicago chef Grant Achatz? Then expect to pay quite a bit for the experience. Unless you can snag your own ticket (which isn't cheap at $85 per person), a ticket bought on Craigslist or eBay will set you back $500 to $3,000, Slashfood notes. The difference in prices for the scalped tickets can be explained by what options they include, the Huffington Post reports: Some include wine pairings, while the most expensive are at the chef's table. Eater notes that the average ticket price seems to be around $1,000 for a two-person table.

Co-owner Nick Kokonas tells the AV Club the restaurant doesn't encourage scalping and adds, "I wish I could stop it but we cannot legally do so any more than the Cubs."

In this April 3, 2008 file photo, chef Grant Achatz looks across the Alinea restaurant kitchen at his small army of chefs at they work in the kitchen at Alinea in Chicago.
In this April 3, 2008 file photo, chef Grant Achatz looks across the Alinea restaurant kitchen at his small army of chefs at they work in the kitchen at Alinea in Chicago.   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
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