December 10, 2015
What happens when creative minds face a situation such as waiting forever to order food and drinks, and then more eternal waiting to pay for that order without knowing whether the food they get will be safe for a child’s food allergies? The answer is easy: they come up with a solution. It’s called eleat, and it just landed in the App Store and Google Play.
Eleat is like a combination of GrubHub, Ziosk, and TabbedOut: it incorporates all the essential features a user might need to speed up the whole dining process. Users can view real-time menus, check out the ingredients, place orders, and pay within the app. Eleat works with all participating restaurants, so you don’t have to download various restaurant-specific apps: you have them all (well, only those who sign up for the service) in one place.
It’s important to allow eleat to use your location while you are using the app, otherwise it won’t work properly. Also, to benefit from the convenience of the integrated mobile payments, you’ll need to sign up, and add your address and at least one credit card. From that moment on, paying for your orders is easy. However, if you order using eleat, you must pay via the app.
Eleat aims to bring a much better dining experience allowing customers to order ahead, or get a delivery carryout or full service dine-in. Since every component of the ordering process is carried out on the user’s smartphone, including the payment, you now have the freedom to walk in and have dinner at a restaurant without waiting for others or the check.
For users, eleat is available as free download from the App Store or Google Play. For restaurants, the startup offers two packages: basic and premium. It’s important to note that users will only see a limited number of restaurants, because restaurants need to sign up for the service. That involves certain costs restaurants need to consider: eleat charges 2.90% plus 30 cents per transaction (basic package), or $120 per month for unlimited transactions (premium package).
Eleat will launch first in the Washington, D.C., area with a variety of restaurants, including Policy, Lost Society, Bin1301, Chaplins, The Gryphon, Picollo, Sax, Piassa, Sol Mexican Grill Cantina, Catch 15, and AsiaDC. Following the inaugural launch in Washington, eleat will expand its reach on the East Coast and eventually be available nationwide.
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