Nov 17 • 27M

The NFT restaurant has an IRL address, we have questions about a ranked list of restaurants, and what your reservations app of choice (maybe?) says about you

A new episode of Restaurant Week from Expedite and Family Meal

 
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Kristen Hawley
Andrew Genung
Kristen (Expedite) and Andrew (Family Meal) reprise their brief but successful Clubhouse run with an audio experiment.
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A rendering of what Flyfish Club will look like in… summer ‘24? (credit)

In our last episode before Thanksgiving, Andrew is excited to share an update about Flyfish Club, the so-called “NFT restaurant” backed by Gary Vaynerchuk (and a bunch of token-holders). It found a location! That will take probably a year to build out! [2:15]

Also, Restaurant Business released its annual list of the top 100 independent restaurants (after a one-year, pandemic-related hiatus). But the methodology isn’t super clear — restaurants are ranked by gross f&b sales, with information gathered “through surveys” — and restaurants interested in being included on next year’s list are encouraged to… email the editor? The ranked list might not be fully inclusive of every indie in the country, but Andrew’s right, there is some interesting info contained within. (Talk to us about Frankenmuth, MI please!) [14:55] Oh, and those confrontational tweets I mentioned are here and here.

To finish, we talk about the recent New York Times piece, “What does your favorite reservations app say about you?” which, look, if you know me you know I get just a teeny bit significantly jealous every time a huge publication runs a restaurant tech story, I can’t help it. There’s a fun story in here. I just think the headline does the piece’s message a disservice. I live in nuance. [15:20

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