Tickets to the final dinners at wd~50 before it's forced to close for good went on sale this morning at 11 a.m. sharp, and an hour later they're already close to sold out. As of 11:30, there was only one ticket left for a six-top at the $275-a-head "Last Call" meal on November 30, and a handful of tickets to the $225-a-head "Then and Now" meals during the preceding two weeks. There were also a bunch of eight-tops open for the $85 per person Thanksgiving meal.
Dufresne is using the ticketing system developed by restaurateur Nick Kokonas for his acclaimed Chicago restaurant Alinea, which he only recently began piloting with a handful of other restaurants around the country. So since he has access to the back end of the ticket buying, Kokonas has been tweeting live updates of exactly how many thousands of dollars Dufresne just manage to rake in:
Some days already sold out for @wd50nyc -- $104,000+ in first 9 minutes. You can't answer phones that fast !— nick kokonas (@nickkokonas) October 30, 2014
As of this writing, there are still some tickets left, so those who want to experience the end of days at wd~50 might want to jump on that.