OpenTable, the company that allows restaurant-goers to make real-time reservations online, has announced the Hot Tables pilot program, a mobile alert system that notifies you when a reservation at your favorite restaurant becomes available. The program is currently only available to diners in New York, Houston, and Los Angeles, and you need to request an invite by emailing OpenTable.
Lucky diners in these three cities can use the mobile program by setting alerts for their desired date, time, and party size at a particular restaurant. If one of these highly coveted tables suddenly becomes available, diners will be notified by text message of the availability.
However, an alert does not guarantee a reservation, so it’s up to the most nimble-fingered diner to grab the opening. If you think you’re up for the Hot Tables hunger games, request an invitation to the pilot program.
Karen Lo is an associate editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @appleplexy.