Yelp, Grubhub team up to take on OpenTable

(Bloomberg) — Yelp is continuing its evolution from a user-generated review platform to meeting the needs of diners who want to plan ahead, walk in for seating, or get food delivered. The review and business-listing company managed 22 million diners booking directly through the Yelp app, a threefold increase year-over-year, according to internal data released …

SeatNinja, maker of a restaurant reservation app, raises money for marketing

A Roseville company that offers a restaurant reservation booking app raised nearly $600,000 in equity financing that it plans to use for marketing. SeatNinja has sold $550,000 worth of preferred stock since early September and $45,125 in common stock since August, according to registration documents filed Tuesday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Since its …

Google Duplex tests begin with restaurants in 4 US cities this month

Google  today announced it’ll start rolling out Duplex, its controversial Google Assistant feature that can make phone calls on your behalf, to Pixel phones next month. The rollout will be city by city, Google said this morning at its hardware event. However, the company didn’t clarify during its presentation what Duplex  will be able to do at first. … …

Resy rolls out a new suite of tools for restaurants

Resy launched in the summer of 2014 with a simple premise: If you want a premium reservation at a restaurant on short notice, you should be able to pay for it. Four years and 160 markets later, Resy has changed a lot since then. …ResyFly uses Resy’s troves of data to determine the best way for restaurants …