When Alinea’s Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas opened their tickets-only, theme-shifting restaurant Next last spring in the West Loop, Kokonas said that they intended to eventually offer season tickets. “Season [tickets] are a lump sum for three tables all on the same night of the week [for each menu],” Kokonas explained via e-mail. “They are paid up front just like a theater or sports team.”
Next’s three upcoming “acts” for 2012 include a recreation of El Bulli, the recently closed, ultra-famous restaurant in Spain’s Catalan region from chef Ferran Adria (pictured above with Achatz), where Achatz also interned in 2000.The 29-course meal will be served from Feb. 8-May 27. Pricing for past menus at Next were tiered according to day and time, but all Ell Bulli tickets will be $365 per person, plus tax and a service charge that covers gratuity. Check out the opening video below for a glipse of what's in store for the lucky fans who scored tickets.