Char Bar manager Yassy Abe at the table on offer for early diners. Photo: Charles Anderson.

Restaurants offer half price meal for early diners


A company that allows restaurants to offer half price meals to early bird customers has launched in Nelson.

First Table started in Queenstown more than three years ago and is now based in cities across New Zealand, Australia, the UK. Now it has also begun to offer its service in Nelson.

“The idea is that we want to encourage people to dine out more often and explore more restaurants,” says First Table’s regional manager Cameron Steele.

He says the concept is that restaurants offer up their “first table” for the night to one group of two-four people who pay $10 and can then get their meal half price.

“It’s a good platform for people to broaden their horizons and it takes away the risk for people who are trying something new,” says Cameron.

He says it also allows restaurants or cafes a good way to get patronage in what is traditionally a fairly quiet time for customers.

There are only a handful of restaurants on there at the moment but Cameron says that will soon expand.

Diners can head to to sign up or click on the Eat/Stay/Drink section of the Nelson App.