If you think finding a seat at Austin's hottest restaurants is hard, think again. Tuesday, April 11, marks the launch of Allset, a San Francisco-based service that takes the hassle out of dining out.
The concept is simple: Users can book a table, pre-order, and pre-pay for a meal before setting foot in the restaurant. That means your dining experience can take less than 30 minutes. Lunch, dinner, and brunch can be scheduled through the mobile app (for Android and iPhone), online, or even via Facebook Messenger.
The best part? The service is free for diners. Allset charges a small fee to the restaurants, but the benefits should outweigh the cost, as restaurants can target professionals who are short on time and businesses who want to easily, and quickly, schedule team meals.
"In recent years, more people have started eating and snacking in the office, rather than at restaurants. Restaurants keep losing diners to the rising popularity of delivery and catering services. We began working with Allset as we are looking for additional channels to attract diners, and we believe the wait-free service they help provide is highly valued by busy professionals," says Christi Tran, general manager of Maiko Sushi Lounge, in a release.
Allset is currently available in Austin at Aster's Ethiopian Restaurant, Coriander Indian Cuisine, Draft Pick, Gino's East, Gourdough's Public House, Il Forte, Madras Pavilion, Mai Thai, Maiko Sushi Lounge, Ola Poke, Papadom, Searsucker, Star of India, Taj Palace, and Zax Restaurant & Bar — the team expects at least 50 by the end of the first month.
"Our biggest challenge right now is to meet the growing user demand for more restaurants to be added to Allset. Eventually, when we grow up to thousands of participating restaurants per city, we believe Allset can do to in-restaurant dining what Uber did to transportation and Airbnb did to hospitality," says CEO Stas Matviyenko in a release.
In addition to Austin, Allset works with over 380 restaurants across San Francisco, Palo Alto, New York City, Chicago, and Boston, with plans to expand to six more cities by the end of the year.