As more consumers turn to sites like Yelp and Citysearch to find restaurants, it’s important for establishments of all sizes to have a website. While larger restaurants may have more resources to create an informative consumer-facing site, the mom and pop restaurants out there need an easy way to create a presence online. GrabMyTable is hoping to be a resource for restaurants to create websites easily as well as a restaurant discovery platform for consumers. We have free lifetime subscriptions for the first five TechCrunch readers and restaurateurs who sign up for GrabyMyTable here.
GrabMyTable was designed with the small restaurant owner in mind who doesn’t have the time or money to put into developing an established site but still wants to maintain an informative website. The platform lets administrators with no HTML knowledge create a site with contact details, photos and videos, menus, specials, and even lets users add a customer review system that can be controlled by the site’s administrator. The service costs $60 per month per site. The startup is also including a consumer-facing directory of all sites created with its technology broken down by city/regional area.
Of course, for the directory to be useful for consumers, GrabMyTable’s technology needs to be widely adopted by restaurants all over the world. In this space, the site will have trouble competing with Yelp, Citysearch and others which already have established marketshare in the listings and review areas. Plus, OpenTable is the go-to resource for bookings while Menupages.com lets users access menu for most restaurants in their coverage areas. Letseat.at also offers an easy portal for restaurants to create websites, but its offering is free.
While GrabMyTable faces stiff competition from a variety of sources, the site has experience on its side. The startup’s parent, iFoods Limited owns and operates several other food-focused websites including Twecipe.com, Lookandtaste.com. Vidvend, and foodandfizz.com.