When news broke of L20's impending closing and reconcepting, Lettuce Entertain You founder Rich Melman said the new concept would be "a little different." One of the different facets of that concept is that it will be the first (and only, at this time) LEYE restaurant to employ Nick Kokonas' Tock, the dining ticketing system that's going national, according to LEYE reps.
Which ticketing plan L20's replacement will choose is still undecided (Tock options include pre-purchased tickets, deposit tickets, zero-deposit tickets, and more) and specific details on the restaurant's concept are still in the works, reps say. Expect more details on both within a couple weeks.
Two-Michelin-starred L20 will hold its last service on New Year's Eve and the new restaurant is slated to open in late January or early February. Melman said in late October that "it will be more than a restaurant," have lower price points, and include an educational element.
Melman has a history of being at the forefront of new restaurant seating platforms. He and LEYE are on the blockbuster list of initial Tock investors, a coup for Kokonas, and Melman was also an early backer of OpenTable.