Restaurants

  • Amazon Expands Its Prime Now Restaurant Delivery Service To Portland

    Amazon Expands Its Prime Now Restaurant Delivery Service To Portland

    Amazon’s new food delivery service, which launched last month in the retailer’s hometown of Seattle, is now available in Portland, Oregon, the company announced this morning. The service is immediately live in select zip codes in the city, but will expand further following the launch. To use the service, customers can download the Prime Now mobile app and enter their zip code to see… Read More

  • Amazon Launches A Food Delivery Service Via Prime Now, Starting In Seattle

    Amazon Launches A Food Delivery Service Via Prime Now, Starting In Seattle

    Amazon announced this morning that it’s making restaurant delivery an option via its one-hour delivery app Prime Now. The news confirms earlier reports which indicated Amazon was staffing up a new restaurants division to compete with services like GrubHub with hires in both Seattle and New York. However, the new food delivery service is initially debuting in select Seattle ZIP codes… Read More

  • Google Maps Adds Curated Restaurant Recommendations In NYC, San Francisco And London

    Google Maps Adds Curated Restaurant Recommendations In NYC, San Francisco And London

    Google Maps on Android is getting an upgrade today that will make the app, often used for getting directions or accessing business information, a better guide to local restaurants, too – at least in select cities. With an expanded feature set that focuses on offering recommendations, along with ways to filter listings by time of day, vibe (like “family-friendly” or… Read More

  • 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 Crunch Network

    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

  • 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 Crunch Network

    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 Crunch Network

    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

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