Restaurants

  • Google to add restaurant wait times to Google Search and Maps, followed by grocery stores

    Google to add restaurant wait times to Google Search and Maps, followed by grocery stores

    Google announced today it will soon roll out a new feature to Google Search, followed by Google Maps, that will show you the estimated wait times for area restaurants. The addition is an expansion on Google’s existing feature which shows businesses’ busy times, but with a tweak that helps diners better decide where and when they want to eat. For over a couple of years now, Google… Read More

  • MealPal gobbles $20M for its restaurant meal subscription service

    MealPal gobbles $20M for its restaurant meal subscription service

    We’ve seen a huge wave of food-on-demand startups hit the market in the last several years: those who deliver restaurant food (like Postmates or Deliveroo), those who deliver meal kits to you (like Blue Apron), those who bring groceries (Instacart), and those who are building machines to help you eat better at home (eg June) are just a few of the variations on the theme that have come… Read More

  • Groupon debuts Groupon+, voucherless meal deals with Visa and Mastercard

    Groupon debuts Groupon+, voucherless meal deals with Visa and Mastercard

    Restaurant deals are some of the most popular offers on Groupon, the platform that lets you buy discounted experiences and goods from retailers near you. Today, the company is launching a new service to help promote that vertical more. Groupon+, as it is called, will let people use Groupon meal deals that they pay for with their Visa or MasterCard (credit or debit cards), and when they do so… Read More

  • McDonald’s begins testing Mobile Order & Pay ahead of nationwide launch

    McDonald’s begins testing Mobile Order & Pay ahead of nationwide launch

    McDonald’s began testing mobile ordering and payments on Wednesday in select U.S. markets — the first to receive the technology as part of a pilot test aimed at working out the kinks ahead of a full rollout across the U.S. and to other international markets by year’s end. Read More

  • NFL’s Drew Brees backs Waitr to make takeout easy in anytown USA

    NFL’s Drew Brees backs Waitr to make takeout easy in anytown USA

    Food delivery startups abound in the U.S., but few of them deliver to customers in “second cities” and smaller towns. From early pioneers like Grubhub to newer services like DoorDash, food delivery businesses have tended to focus on urban areas with a high concentration of restaurants and people who frequently order takeout. Now, New Orleans Saints Quarterback, philanthropist… Read More

  • Meet Flippy, a burger-grilling robot from Miso Robotics and CaliBurger

    Flipping burgers is a hot and greasy job. Slips, trips, burns and cuts are common hazards. But global demand for burgers is tremendous. Top burger chains racked up more than $75.5 billion in annual sales in 2016. To help keep human cooks out of harm’s way while fulfilling our appetite for burgers, Miso Robotics is rolling out a new “robotic kitchen assistant” called Flippy. Read More

  • Reserve raises another $10M and plans new software for restaurants

    Reserve raises another $10M and plans new software for restaurants

    Reserve, a startup offering table and customer management tools for restaurants, is announcing that it has raised $10 million in Series B funding. When the company first launched in 2014, it billed itself as a “digital concierge” that would make it easier for diners to get reservations at top restaurants. Last year, it launched a new product called Reserve for Restaurants… Read More

  • The restaurant table(t) is getting crowded Crunch Network

    The restaurant table(t) is getting crowded

    Many of us have tried new services, like online food ordering, subscription meals and signing with your finger on a tablet-based point-of-sale system; but the reality is that we are still in the early phases of restaurant industry disruption. I believe that’s about to change. Read More

  • Restaurant tech startup Salido raises $2M

    Restaurant tech startup Salido raises $2M

    Salido, a startup that describes itself as “the restaurant operating system,” is announcing that it has raised $2 million in additional funding. This round from strategic investors doubles the $2 million in seed funding that Salido announced last year. Phil Suarez, who partnered with French chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten to launch well-known restaurants including ABC Kitchen and… Read More

  • Google-owned Zagat app finally gets a makeover, becomes useful again

    Google-owned Zagat app finally gets a makeover, becomes useful again

    Zagat, the restaurant review service Google acquired in 2011, has finally been given a mobile makeover today following years of what have been only minor updates and bug fix releases. Launching first on iOS, the updated Zagat app features a refreshed logo and new look-and-feel, as well as features that tailor the app to the individual user. Before today’s refresh, the app had a… Read More

  • The restaurant OS  Crunch Network

    The restaurant OS 

    So you’re a techie and a foodie. You’re having dinner and your phone buzzes to let you know you can pay for the meal you’re enjoying right from an app. It’s then you realize there’s something going on in restaurant tech. Read More

  • Restaurant waitlisting app Nowait rolls out mobile payments

    Restaurant waitlisting app Nowait rolls out mobile payments

    Restaurant waitlisting service Nowait is known best by consumers for its mobile app that lets you virtually “get in line” at nearby restaurants like Chili’s and others, where formal reservations may not be accepted. This helps speed up the time it takes to grab a meal, as you don’t have to waste time waiting for a table to become available. Now the company is planning… Read More

  • Amazon Echo Can Now Order Your Pizza

    Amazon Echo Can Now Order Your Pizza

    In case you needed another reason to buy Amazon’s Internet-connected speaker, the Amazon Echo: the device can now order pizza for you, following your verbal command. Have all my dreams come true? Yes. Yes, they have. The feature is actually being made available by way of a third-party application from delivery chain Domino’s, which has been experimenting with new digital… Read More

  • Amazon Brings Restaurant Delivery To L.A., Will Expand To All Prime Now Markets In U.S.

    Amazon Brings Restaurant Delivery To L.A., Will Expand To All Prime Now Markets In U.S.

    Amazon’s debut of its restaurant delivery service through its one-hour delivery app Prime Now, is no longer looking like an experiment. Since its debut in Seattle this September, the company has been adding support for new cities at a rate of about one per month. Last month, restaurant delivery arrived in Portland, and today it’s going live in L.A. We understand that Amazon is… Read More

  • 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

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