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Maine’s Super-Popular “The Lost Kitchen” Is Switching To Analog To Manage Demand. (Video)


The Lost Kitchen restaurant in Maine has decided to do away with online reservations, and use post cards to be picked at random instead. Buzz60’s TC Newman has more.

Getting tired of the reservation industrial complex? It’s not just OpenTable—there are restaurants that charge for reservations at peak hours, apps that let you get on the waitlist remotely, and all kinds of other tactics for getting yourself into that restaurant you really want to go to. If you find the whole thing a little bit overwhelming, then The Lost Kitchen in Maine might be just the antidote you’re looking for. You make reservations the old-fashioned, analog way: with a notecard, an envelope, and a postage stamp.

The Lost Kitchen (TLK) is a remote farm-to-table restaurant in Freedom, Maine that hosts a series of highly in-demand dinners between May and December. Last year, these dinners were way more popular than chef Erin French had predicted, and it ended up being total mayhem. The 40-seat restaurant received 10,000 calls. This year, to manage demand by making reservations a little more difficult, French has instated a new snail mail reservation policy.

As French says in the 2018 Reservation Process document, “Here at TLK we are old fashioned, we are simple, we are slow, we are Mainers. We prefer human contact over computers and pen & paper over keyboards… Keeping it small and intimate is part of what makes TLK so magical and something we don’t want to stray from.”

Food&Wine, excerpt posted on SouthFloridaReporter.com, Mar. 18, 2018 

Video by Buzz60/TC Newman