LivingSocial is now testing a new food ordering and delivery service as a part of LivingSocial Instant, the company announced this morning. At launch, members in the Washington D.C. area can order food from select area restaurants and have the meals delivered to their home or workplace.
In conjunction with the restaurant delivery service, the company is also launching something called “LivingSocial Room Service,” which will offer “white glove delivery” from top restaurants, with special amenities and personal touches, like those you would find at a nice hotel.
The standard food delivery option offers the ability to order from over 70 D.C. area restaurants, including Wisey’s, Chix, Sala Thai and Shawafel. The restaurants will be able to utilize LivingSocial’s marketing tools in order to link their Daily Deals to LivingSocial Instant, the company explains. For example, a restaurant whose daily deal voucher was offered on a Wednesday can become immediately redeemable on Thursday via the new delivery service. The company also hopes it will entice new customers to join LivingSocial for the food delivery option, and then return for the daily deals.
As for the fancier LivingSocial Room Service, this option will include “high-quality tableware, dining accessories, top-shelf presentation of food and a special after-dinner treat.” (Let’s hope they mean dessert.)
Unlike Instant Ordering, Room Service will only be available downtown on Thursday and Friday nights and will feature one restaurant per week. The prix fixe menu will change based upon each chef’s expertise and specialities, as it would if you were dining out at the restaurant that night.
Both services are online now for D.C. residents at livingsocial.com/instant. To order, just input your current location and preference (pickup, delivery or dine in).