Restaurants

  • Zomato Buys NexTable To Rival OpenTable And Yelp In Reservations

    Zomato Buys NexTable To Rival OpenTable And Yelp In Reservations

    Just one week after Zomato raised a round valuing it at more than $1 billion and acquired a point-of-sale startup, the India-based restaurant services company has made another acquisition. Zomato has acquired NexTable, a U.S.-based restaurant reservations and table-management platform that competes against the likes of Priceline’s OpenTable and SeatMe from Yelp. The service will soon… Read More

  • The Greasy Underpan Of Restaurant Tech

    The Greasy Underpan Of Restaurant Tech

    This story is repeated hundreds of times across the country, and it goes a little bit like this. A group of tech savvy people go out to eat at a restaurant, and wonder why modern mobile technology has completely bypassed the industry. “Why can’t I push a button on my phone to re-order a beer,” they commonly ask? “I wish we could just split the tab using a simple app on… Read More

  • Johnny Rockets Restaurants To Roll Out E La Carte’s Tablets To 200 Locations

    Johnny Rockets Restaurants To Roll Out E La Carte’s Tablets To 200 Locations

    In the race to become one of the top tableside tablet providers, Silicon Valley-based E la Carte has just scored another notable restaurant deal to follow that of the Applebee’s win from last year: the company says today that it’s preparing to install its tablets at over 200 U.S. Johnny Rockets locations starting next month. The deal was struck after a relatively brief… Read More

  • Bookatable Tests Foodies’ Appetite For iBeacons In UK, Shopkick Passes 7,500 Beacons

    Bookatable Tests Foodies’ Appetite For iBeacons In UK, Shopkick Passes 7,500 Beacons

    iBeacon, the Bluetooth Low Energy technology that is being used by businesses to push offers and other messages to customers’ smartphones when they are in the physical vicinity of a small pinging device, is starting to see some decent traction. Businesses like Shopkick (recently acquired by SK planet for $200 million) have now rolled out some 7,500 of the devices across its retail… Read More

  • Sourcery Raises $2.5M To Connect Kitchens And Local Food Suppliers

    Sourcery Raises $2.5M To Connect Kitchens And Local Food Suppliers

    Sourcery, an online wholesale food supplier director and payments processor, is today announcing that it is exiting stealth and has raised $2.5 million in seed funding to expand its platform into new markets from its early operations in San Francisco. Read More

  • Tables, Tablets, Data And Eating

    Tables, Tablets, Data And Eating

    Restaurants as we know them have remained the same for over two hundred years, and fables about amazing restaurant tech have inevitably leapt to futuristic ideas: robot waiters, food printers, talking refrigerators. Today’s reality is far more interesting and complex than those sweeping visions. A tsunami of technology, both from established industry providers such as POS and IT… Read More

  • The New Era Of Smart Dining

    The New Era Of Smart Dining

    The restaurant industry has been around for a long time – since the dawn of Western civilization itself. Starting in Ancient Rome, some of the earliest known public restaurants, called thermopolia, were local hot-spots where the citizenry would go to socialize, be waited on, and fill their stomachs after a hard day’s work. Read More

  • OpenTable Expands Mobile Payments To New York, And Soon, 20 More Cities

    OpenTable Expands Mobile Payments To New York, And Soon, 20 More Cities

    OpenTable, which first announced its mobile payments pilot program this February in San Francisco, is about to speed things up. The company said this morning that it’s now expanding its mobile payments service to a number of restaurants in New York and plans to introduce payments to 20 more cities before the end of 2014. Read More

  • With New Food App Square Order, Square Wants A Bigger Bite Of The Restaurant Industry

    With New Food App Square Order, Square Wants A Bigger Bite Of The Restaurant Industry

    Square, by many accounts, is hungrily in search of new revenue streams to feed its expanding ambitions in e-commerce, and today we are getting another glimpse of where that strategy is taking it. The company has launched a new mobile app called Square Order, which lets you order from nearby eateries, pay for it, and then get a ping when it is ready for collection. Read More

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