Given their location doesn’t have a lot of foot traffic and not a ton of nightlife, IMO dinner tasting menu service through the prepaid ticket route could work similar to what Needle was doing during the pandemic. If you can get enough variety to keep enough repeat customers coming back it could be sustainable? Even if you’re just cycling through different dishes + something seasonal it can keep the interest higher for more repeat visits. If I see an interesting dish being featured on social media for an upcoming tasting menu that’s a good hook to get me to come in. But there has to enough of a total meal experience to make it worth the trip downtown, which was what kept me from visiting more in the 2.0 era. If you give me a rotating menu near the scope of a chinese banquet or Anajack’s tasting menu, in PRD’s style I’d be really interested in making the trip and having a fixed menu and start times might make it workable to run. If so they’d benefit from a beer/wine license, but there’s added risk and cost in making a wine pairing experience work well.
It’s definitely going to be tough if that’s ultimately what occurs. It’s a completely different service profile not just for staff but for presentation and plating. Can’t just taste good it also has to look good. Anajak went through so many forms of its tasting menu until it hit what it is right now and they were able to hide in plain sight cause they weren’t doing many of the tasting menus.
If PRD 3.0 is right out the gate a banquet menu only, it’s going to need to be super focused out the gate.
for the “new school” places in Chinatown, there’s still Lasita, Amboy, Waxpaper Co, Burgerlords, Angry Egret Dinette, Steep, Little Jewel of New Orleans, the best pour over and espresso at Endorffeine. There’s also Corridor 109 for now.
Yeah I agree with everything you said. I’m also unsure how a regular dinner menu could work for them, there’s gotta be an extra hook. Otherwise they could have just expanded to dinner hours with their existing setup. I hope they find something that works, because I love what they do!