The restaurant industry is likely nervous.
Airbnb could disrupt it, just as it is doing in the lodging business. In a pilot program in San Francisco, Airbnb is trying out matching cooks with those who would like to enjoy a home-cooked meal in a private setting. Here is the coverage in Bloomberg Business Week.
With the right kinds of publicity this concept could take off. Chefs, for example, could begin to build their brandnames without having to get a job with a restaurant. Those curious about the nooks and crannies of whatever get a front row seat by experiencing a meal in unfamilar surroundings.
Sure, this sharing-economy arrangement could be stressful, for both cooks and diners. But that will lessen as the experience takes on a hipster aspect. Whose house did you dine at last night? What was the furniture like? Did the servers hover around too closely?
Here in Tucson, Arizona, where there are so many newcomers such as myself, Airbnb could develop a brisk business. I would welcome popping for dinner in the homes of the diverse ethnic groups here, including Native Americans. You bet, I would live-blog it.