Restaurant website builder Squarespace has joined up with ChowNow to offer delivery and takeout services direct from restaurant websites. Restaurants can connect their ChowNow account to their Squarespace-built website. For new sites, Squarespace templates now come pre-loaded with ChowNow online ordering capability. With the partnership, guest orders come in directly to the restaurant. No need for third-party marketplace platforms.
Who’s using it? Roy Choi and Daniel Patterson’s LocaL; PokPok LA; and Seoul Sausage Co.
Airbnb as marketing opportunity
In August, Airbnb launched new Guidebooks, a feature that allows hosts to recommend local restaurants on their public listing page. The home-sharing platform is reportedly also building a travel services app that will allow guests to book restaurant reservations. Airbnb estimates that its travelers spent $1.5 billion in restaurants in 19 U.S. cities alone over the past year.
EatBy: a food waste solution
This free app automatically suggests how long produce and frozen items will stay fresh and then reminds you to use them before they go off. Developers say the app eventually learns storage habits of its users. It’s designed for domestic use, but EatBy could be useful for business, though the same terms and conditions apply and restaurants are responsible for their own food safety standards.
Gauging guest feedback
Kriddik is a free app that allows guests to give feedback directly to business owners and managers. Guests can use the app to send private messages to restaurant management, rather than using public forums like Yelp. Users can earn rewards points for feedback for a chance to win prizes like gift cards. It was developed by a restaurant operator: Tom Boucher, CEO of Great New Hampshire Restaurants. The name? Because “everyone’s a kriddik.”
Free apps from a free app
Looking for an app that will help you run your business better? The good folks at Orderly have compiled an ebook of options: 50 free apps for restaurants. One of them, no doubt, is the Orderly app, available to help restaurants with invoicing. For varying monthly fees, more accounting services can be added to the app.