Yesterday saw a whirlwind of coordinated effort among area restaurateurs as they discovered that a Web site called 911 Reservations was selling hundreds of Valentine’s Day reservations online.
Administrators of the site had surreptitiously made the reservations under scores of different names several months ago and then began selling them online within the past two weeks, according to area restaurateurs. Though the Web site focused on the Atlanta area, it also sold reservations in Miami, New York, San Francisco and the California Wine Country.
The reservations — valued anywhere between $25 and $100 for top draws like Woodfire Grill and Quinones at Bacchanalia — could be purchased with a remittance to a PayPal account. The reservations cut a broad swath through the city’s top destinations, including Repast, Rathbun’s, Bacchanalia, Chops and Craft.
The initial Web site went down some time around 10 p.m. on Wednesday night, though a clone has surfaced under a related URL. This