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"The Taste" Judge Selling Tickets to Dine at New LA Restaurant

Hemera/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- A Los Angeles restaurant made headlines last month for shaming no-show reservations on Twitter, and a now a new upscale restaurant is trying a different tactic.

Ludo Lefebvre, who is a celebrity judge on ABC’s The Taste, is selling non-refundable $90 tickets to dine at his new Los Angeles spot, Trois Mec.

“It’s a tiny restaurant. It’s 24 seats and it’s really about having a business model that allows us to create the best experience for our guests,” Krissy Lefebvre, Ludo’s wife and business partner, told ABC News.

Lefebvre said the decision to operate on a ticket system allows the chefs to plan accordingly each night.

While the ticket system has been used by high-end restaurants in other cities, Lefebvre said she believes Trois Mec is the first in Los Angeles.

Last month, another Los Angeles restaurant, Red Medicine, made news when a managing partner named and shamed no-show reservations on Twitter.

“Hi Kyle Anderson (323), I hope you enjoyed your gf’s bday and the flowers that you didn’t bring when you no-showed for your 815 res. Thanks,” tweeted Noah Ellis, managing partner of Red Medicine, after the reservation didn’t show up on Saturday night.

“Also, big thanks to Carlos MacManus, Colin Rolfs, Allison Joyce, Sam Java, Daniella Brown, and Matt Lopez for no-showing btwn 730p-930p,” he continued. “All the nice guests who wonder why restaurants overbook and they sometimes have to wait for their res should thank people like those below.”

Ellis’ posts spurred a Twitter conversation on restaurant reservations, and most agreed with what he did.

“On Saturday, we lost numerous prime tables as no shows, which (besides hurting our business) really wasn’t fair to the guests who took a 6:15 p.m. or 9:30 p.m. reservation instead of the 7:30 p.m. or 8 p.m. they wanted. I was frustrated,” Ellis told ABC News.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio


Eva Longoria Prepping Steakhouse for the Ladies

ABC/RON TOM(LOS ANGELES) -- Do women feel self-conscious ordering steak at restaurants?  Former Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria believes they do so much so that she's reportedly opening a female-oriented steak joint.

Longoria's new venture will replace Beso, the Las Vegas restaurant the actress and cookbook author co-owned, which was recently shuttered.

According to the foodie blog Eater Vegas, the new eatery will be called She and will feature a roaring '20s theme, with chef Todd Mark Miller whipping up "boutique steakhouse dishes and small bites appealing to ladies."

And despite its name and women-friendly feel, She, which is slated for a New Year's Eve opening, will be open to meat lovers of all genders.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Bon Jovi Opens New 'Volunteer' Restaurant in New Jersey

Paul Zimmerman/WireImage(RED BANK, N.J.) -- The menu may have gumbo, cornmeal crusted catfish and carrot cake with lemon cream frosting. But the main dish served at Bon Jovi’s experimental new restaurant is hope.

"If you cannot afford to eat, still come,” said the rock ‘n’ roll superstar. “We are open to any and everyone who wants to volunteer.”

The Soul Kitchen, inspired by the adage “teach a man to fish” and spearheaded by the Bon Jovi family, opened in Red Bank, N.J.

With no prices on the menu, the Soul Kitchen provides meals to anyone who has earned them through volunteer hours.

"At a time when one in five households live at or below poverty...we believe this is a time for this restaurant,” said Bon Jovi.

“The Soul Kitchen is meant to serve people in need who will then donate their time. We are not a soup kitchen.”

Bon Jovi hopes the restaurant, which took two years to come into fruition, provides a new model for community empowerment, and hopes to see his dream spread to other communities.

"This is a place for this community made by our community. This is America. We can fix these problems.”

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