Sf Institution House Of Prime Rib Reopens Thursday, Adds 1,600+ Reservations In 2 Hours

Posted: Oct 13, 2020

After nearly seven months of temporary closure, House of Prime Rib makes its long-awaited return to the San Francisco dining scene on Thursday under the city's 25% indoor dining allowance.

The restaurant began taking reservations on OpenTable again on Monday afternoon, and in just the first couple hours back on the platform, more than 1,600 tables were booked.

We are booking really fast, but the booking goes all the way out to January, so there are a lot of future reservations as well," owner Joe Betz told SFGATE.

There was but one other S.F. restaurant that had booked more than 100 reservations on Monday.

Since announcing on Facebook last week that HOPR was getting close to reopening their doors, Betz said the restaurant has received more than 100 calls a day and has enlisted a two-man team to call everyone back.

For those who did score a coveted reservation at the cult favorite, things will look a little different come Thursday. There will be partitions between booths, the rolling meat carving stations will be situated in the middle of each of their dining rooms, and everyone will get temperature checks before entering. There will also be three seatings a night — each with no more than 68 total people at a time to meet the 25% indoor dining capacity restrictions — and they'll all enjoy a new hospital-grade ventilation system that cost Betz and Co. nearly $10,000.

While much has changed, there will still be plenty of familiar faces: Betz said 95% of his employees are back, including all of his meat carvers.

By Grant Marek
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