"This New App Lets You Open House Accounts—and Get VIP Perks—at Some of the Country's Best Restaurants"
For as little as $500, you can create a house account at multiple Michael Mina restaurants in San Francisco and beyond. This is as simple as downloading and making a $500 purchase on the inKind app, which works with restaurants to create exclusive perks for customers. In the case of Mina's participating restaurants, which include Pabu Izakaya,Estiatorio Ornos and International Smoke in San Francisco, that $500 gets you $500 in food-and-beverage credit plus a bonus $75 credit. The bonuses go up significantly if you spend more money: $1,000 gets you a $200 bonus, and $5,000 gets you a $1,500 bonus.
Guests with house accounts can order secret menu items (available on every visit without advance notice), such as a Japanese toro, Santa Barbara uni and golden osetra caviar bowl that's put together at your table at Pabu. Being an inKind member also gives you access to priority reservations and lets you pay the check and add gratuity with the app and without the need to let your server know that you're leaving. (InKind credits can be used for food and beverage but not for gratuities.) And some of the most exclusive experiences at Mina's restaurants are available only to those with inKind house accounts. One example is a $4,000 Japanese whisky-and-Wagyu tasting at Pabu. Another is a $700 customizable tasting menu at Estiatorio Ornos, where your Greek seafood feast could include lobster and a variety of top-tier fish prepared in distinct ways.